Groen Agro Control has built a wide experience in the field of food safety. It is a specialized laboratory in both chemical and microbiological analyses for fresh produce and food items.
Our services include a wide range of analyses, each one optimised for specific types of samples. Each analysis is performed by high quality equipment and trained employees.
In addition, we also provide advice about the interpretation of the analysis results. In case there are concentrations of certain compounds or micro-organisms that are too high we can assist in finding solutions and take the necessary measures.
Our fast and reliable analyses of our laboratory and the knowledge of our experts can be of service on several levels.
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Groen Agro Control aims to perform according to high quality standards. To ensure the high quality standards of our results GAC participates in several national and international proficiency tests (such as EURL, Fapas, QS, Bipea and LVU). Proficiency tests are part of independent monitoring systems for laboratories that measure the level of performance. The outcome of these proficiency tests are used to evaluate and adjust the performance characteristics of the method of analysis. Groen Agro Control is known to be one of the top performers in the proficiency tests.
Heavy metals can occur in fresh produce which can be potentially harmful to the health of the consumers. These heavy metals are lead, cadmium, arsenic, tin and mercury and occur in the environment. They can be absorbed by crops and eventually end up in the fruits. The European Union has established concentrations of heavy metals that are allowed in food without harmful effects on consumers health. These maximum levels are described in 3 EU regulations: EC 1881/2006, EC 488/2014 and EC 2015/1005.
Contact us for the analysis of heavy metals on your fresh produce samples.
Certain types of leafy vegetables such as spinach and lettuce may contain high levels of Nitrate. In itself, Nitrate is not harmful to the health of consumers. However, nitrate can be converted into nitrite by the human body and high levels of nitrite can result in health issues for consumers. The EU has set specific maximum levels for a number of leafy vegetables, including spinach and lettuce. These levels are described in Regulation 1881/2006.
Contact us for the analysis of nitrate/nitrite in leafy vegetables.
Dry matter and fat/oil content
- Aërobic plate count Q
- Bacillus cereus Q
- Campylobacter jejeuni in 25 gram
- Clostridium perfringens
- Coliforms Q
- E. coli per 100 ml of per gram Q
- E. coli O157:H7 in 25 gram
- Enterobacteriaceae Q
- Faecale Enterococcen per 100 ml Q
- Yeasts and Fungi Q
- Listeria monocytogenes in 25 gram (accumulation) or CFU per gram (plate count) Q
- Lactic acid bacteria
- Salmonella spp in 25 gram Q
- Shigella spp in 25 gram
- Staphylococcus aureus Q
- STEC in 25 gram Q
- Vibrio spp
Besides performing our standard package of analyses, Groen Agro Control also performs more specific research projects. Our advanced analytical equipment and expertise are used in these special research projects and an advice can be given based on the results of the analyses. During this process we are in close contact with the customers. The research projects are generally focused on:
- Optimization of the production process to increase product quality and food safety
- The development of new analytical methods
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