Food, Feed, Nutra & Pharmaceutical ingredients and their respective products can contain contaminants that are environmentally naturally-occurring and are present at low levels, particularly vegetable crops drawing nutrients directly from the soil. Alternatively, they may contain process contaminants that are introduced either during, or as a consequence of, treatment, carriage, manufacture and storage.

Food and feedstuffs that contain contaminant levels above the relevant Maximum Permitted Levels (MPL) are deemed to be unsafe and must be withdrawn and disposed of outside the food and feed chains, for example by sending it for alternative uses, for destruction, or returning it to the country of dispatch

The ‘blending down’ of food and feedstuff materials with levels of contamination above the MPL, mixing them with uncontaminated materials to reduce the overall level of contamination to below the MPL has been prohibited since 2003.

Marchwood Scientific Services has the capability to carry out both regulated and non regulated contaminants analysis to confirm product safety.