The laboratories of Groen Agro Control are fully operational

Because the majority of our analyses are carried out in the context of food safety, we are an important part of the food sector. This is why it is very important that our 3 laboratories are fully operational. In this hectic period, the specialists at our laboratories are busy with the analysis of your samples.

For more information, please contact one of our product managers at info@agrocontrol.nl

Updates of the residue screening in fresh produce, cereals and crops

The specialists of our pesticide residue laboratory have recently completed a number of important developments. For the matrices Fresh Produce, Cereals and Crops, various improvements have been made to the Multi-residue methods. New analysis lists for Fresh Produce, Cereals, Crops and Other Matrices will apply from the 24th of February. Below the changes at a glance.

  • New components have been added to the analysis lists of fresh produce, cereals and crops:
    • GC-MSMS: Chlorobenzuron, 2-Phenylhydroquinone, Pyribenzoxime.
    • LC-MSMS: Chlorobenzuron, Fenpicoxamide, Flamprop-methyl, Metamifop, Oxathiapipronil, Thiencarbazone-methyl, Pyriophenone, Bistrifluron
  • Cereals, analysis of mycotoxins has been added to specific analyses.
  • Other matrices, the LOQ of the LC-MSMS has been lowered to 0.01 mg / kg

The new analysis lists can be found on our website.

Analysis of Chlorpropham in fresh produce and swab samples

It is important for growers to analyze potatoes for Chlorpropham. In the course of this year, the European Commission will announce a temporary MRL for Chlorpropham in potatoes. Until the moment of publication of the new MRL, the existing MRL (10 mg / kg) remains in force.

Since this year it is not allowed to use Chlorpropham anymore. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will advise the European Commission on the temporary MRL value. In her advice, EFSA takes into account cross-contamination of potatoes in storage sheds in which Chlorpropham was previously used.

There is still a significant chance that low concentrations of Chlorpropham are measured in potato samples stored in sheds where Chlorpropham was used in the past. If your products do not contain Chlorpropham, this could mean that adjustments to the storage shed are not necessary.

Would you like to check your product for Chlorpropham? Groen Agro Control is an accredited (NEN-EN-ISO 17025) laboratory. Our GC-MSMS analysis method is accredited for potatoes, vegetables and fruit. The analysis of the Chlorpropham component is further accredited in the fresh produce samples. It is also possible to sample surfaces in the storage sheds with swabs or tissues and check these for Chlorpropham residues. For questions, please contact product manager Joke de Geus.

Groen Agro Control Biofach

From 12 to 15 February 2020, Groen Agro Control will be at the BioFach in Neurenberg. This fair is the largest fair in the field of organic food in Europe. During this we inform visitors about our analyzes for organic products. Groen Agro Control has a wide range of analyses that are relevant to the organic sector such as pesticide residues, heavy metals, mycotoxins and microbiological analyses. Come and visit us at our stand 9-372

Groen Agro Control at the Fruit Logistica

From 5 to 7 February you can visit us at the Fruit Logistica in Berlin. During this exhibition, product manager Michel Witmer will inform visitors about the services that Groen Agro Control has to offer. Laboratory manager Hassan el Khallabi is also present for substantive questions about measuring residues of plant protection products in fruit and vegetable products. Thirdly, you can also meet the colleagues of Groen Agro Control Peru. We look forward to welcoming you to our stand B-19 in Hall 3.2. Groen Agro Control would like to welcome you with refreshing vegetable juices.

Groen Agro Control wishes you a healthy 2020

Have you heard of the cress plants? Watch the video below and discover the small plants that are full of healthy nutrients.

Groen Agro Control wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a successful 2020

The management and staff of Groen Agro Control wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a special, enterprising, inspiring and successful 2020.

Expansion of our Laboratory in Delfgauw

On the 9th of December the construction of our new laboratory and office building has started. Our new main building will connect our 2 existing Laboratories in Delfgauw.

In the new building there will be enough space for expansion of the existing Laboratories, meeting rooms, and a presentation room for courses and symposia.

Opening hours during the holidays

During the holiday period we have different opening hours. Please keep this in mind if you want to send samples for analyses in this period.

Christmas
Our laboratory is closed on Christmas days Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th of December. Samples that we receive before and on Monday the 23th of December will be handled before the Christmas days.

 New year
On Tuesday 31st of December we are open until 16:00 hour and samples can be brought to our laboratory until 13:00 PM. We are closed on Wednesday 1st of January 2020.

 In case you have any questions, please contact us on +31 15 2572511

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Preventing bacteria and viruses in a greenhouse with a good hygiene protocol

Good hygiene in horticulture is essential to keep bacteria, fungi and viruses out. For some viruses, such as the tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV), hygiene is currently the only cure to prevent this. To ensure that the greenhouses comply with good hygiene, it is for example good to check whether the disinfection measures have been effective. Groen Agro Control can perform various analyzes to check this.

By going through risk spots with a swab or pressure plate, it is possible to check how clean a place is. A risk spot in the greenhouse for example is, the cultivation gutter. From here, recontamination to the new crop often occurs.

Wondering if your hygiene measures have been effective? Or do you need advice about hygiene measures? Then contact hygiene specialist Ines van Marrewijk by sending an email to  i.vanmarrewijk@agrocontrol.nl or by calling 015 257 25 11. Or read more information here.