JRC research contributes to two new standardised methods for testing contaminants in food

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) released two European Standards to which JRC-IRMM contributed through validation of the methods, namely EN 16618:2015 Food analysis – Determination of acrylamide in food by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS), and EN 16619:2015 Food analysis – Determination of benzo[a]pyrene, benz[a]anthracene, chrysene and benzo[b]fluoranthene in foodstuffs. Both standards are based on pre-normative research (development and optimisation of the methods and their performance testing by collaborative study) carried out by JRC-IRMM. EN 16618:2015 will allow laboratories involved in the EU wide monitoring programme for acrylamide to use a method that has been demonstrated to be fit-for-purpose. EN 16619:2015 fulfils the performance characteristics as specified in Commission Regulation (EU) No 836/2011 and will help control laboratories in the EU Member States to test food for compliance with regulated limits for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Standardised methods of analysis are an important tool to ensure the quality of laboratory data across the EU and help to implement relevant legislation in a harmonised manner.

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