Heavy metals such as Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and Arsenic are all considered as toxic and have adverse health effects in human metabolism. Accumulation of heavy metals in the food chain can occur by bio-concentration e.g. from water or the food source.
ITC Spices lab has the capability of testing the above mentioned heavy metals in Spices and its Products, the lab is equipped with ICP-OES which can detect the Heavy Metals as per the customer and regulatory requirements.
Our microbiological testing detects and identifies a large number of pathogenic micro-organisms (pathogens) and toxins, such as
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that roughly 25 percent of the world's food production contains Mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites of moulds, which already have toxic effects on vertebrates in the smallest quantities. Depending on specific substances and concentration, they are cancerogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic and immunosuppressive.
ITC Spices lab has the capability of testing Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, G2 and Ochratoxin A in Spices. The lab is equipped with HPLC- Fluorescence detector which can detect the Aflatoxins at 0.5µg/Kg Level as per the regulatory requirements.
ITC Spices lab has the capability of detecting 250 Pesticide Residues in Spices and its Products, the lab is equipped with sophisticated equipment like Gas Chromatography and Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography Coupled with Tandem Mass Spectrometry, which can detect the pesticide residues up to 10 ug/Kg level in all the spices products. The following groups of chemicals will be tested in all the spices before the shipments and complies the customer and regulatory requirements.