Microbiological and chemical contamination are risk factors in the production of foodstuffs, including CBD edibles.
Testing for contaminants allows you to:
- Ensure the safety of your food product
- Confirm your manufacturing control mechanisms are effective
- Approve good agricultural practice in your supply chain
Through our food testing service, we can provide analytical data to support compliance with your HACCP system.
Food Analysis Laboratory
Foodstuffs need to be safe for the public to consume. Therefore, any food product needs to be tested for several contaminants. Our food testing panel covers a wide range of potential contaminants:
Our food microbiology tests look for pathogens that cause food poisoning and/or food spoilage. These include tests for bacteria such as Salmonella and E.Coli. And the Total Viable Count for food spoilage micro-organisms, such as yeasts and moulds.
Industrial farming methods use pesticides to maximise a crop’s yield. Even organic crops risk contamination from pesticides usage outside of their control. Crops like hemp are bioaccumulators, meaning they absorb compounds from the soil. So testing for pesticide residues is important for CBD products.
Heavy Metals/Organic contaminants
Heavy metals are increasingly present in the soil. Some come from industrialisation and others are naturally occurring. Either way, heavy metals are bad for health. So foodstuffs need to be tested for their heavy metal content.
Mycotoxins are produced by certain moulds and are often found in cereals and crops - including hemp. Mycotoxin compounds are highly toxic to humans and animals, even in small quantities. Phytovista Laboratories recommend testing for Aflatoxins B1, B2, G1 G2 and Ochratoxin A for any hemp-derived products.
Understanding your food allergen content is an important part of food labelling. Allergen testing can confirm products are free from certain ingredients such as nuts or gluten.
How our Food Testing Service works
Step 1: Complete our Analytical Request Form
Step 2: Send the form plus your sample to our UK testing lab
Step 3: We perform the testing to our strict quality guidelines
Step 4: You will receive your results by email as a PDF report
We offer a standard turnaround of 10-14 working days. Or, you can fast-track your testing to receive results more quickly. Please get in touch to find out more.
What is the HACCP system?
HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point and is a set of best practices aimed at food safety. By using the HACCP principles, you create effective food safety management procedures that are appropriate for your business. HACCP helps you:
- Identify potential hazards
- Mitigate the risks the hazards present
- Define actions to take if something goes wrong HACCP also guides businesses on how to keep records that show compliance with their food safety management procedures.
How does Food Testing help with HACCP?
Testing your end product helps confirm that your safety procedures, such as HACCP-defined ones, are robust and effective.
Your manufacturing process may include stages where samples are submitted for additional quality control tests.
Recording test results also demonstrate compliance with your safety procedures.
Using PhytoVista Laboratories food testing services will help demonstrate your HACCP safety procedure compliance.
Are you looking for a UK Testing Lab for your CBD Food Testing?
Phytovista Laboratories are CBD-testing specialists. Our range of food testing services combined with our CBD testing services means we offer a complete service.
Our expert knowledge of the CBD industry and the requirements for CBD food products means we are perfectly placed as your testing partner.
Our CBD tests include:
- CBD purity
- THC content
- Cannabinoid profile
Why choose Phytovista for your Food Analysis Laboratory?
Phytovista Laboratories can offer you:
- Expert knowledge - we’ll talk you through your results
- UK testing facility to comply with UK regulations
- Fast turnaround of results when you need them
- A reputable testing lab
- Professional and friendly customer service