Food Testing Lab
The food industry is full of different regulatory and industry requirements to demonstrate that food products are safe and of high quality. To do this, companies must partner with a food testing lab with the most advanced techniques, accredited at the highest international level, and staffed with experts that are able to offer unique solutions to improve processes in product conservation and regulatory compliance.
AGQ provides full-service FDA detention support: sampling, analysis and oversight.
- Quickest response time!
- Sampling in accordance with FDA protocols
- Fully accredited ISO/IEC 17025:2005 laboratory
- Real-time monitoring of the results (via BeSafer)
- Capability of performing analysis for over 400 pesticides and other contaminants.
- Partnered with lab to perform microbiological services for FDA detentions.
- Final Report to FDA
What are FDA Detentions?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ensures imported food products meet U.S. regulatory standards. Whenever the FDA detects an unapproved chemical on a commodity, a residue exceeding the maximum residue limit, or other health hazard, the FDA deems the product to be adulterated and refuses entry into the United States. When this occurs, the supplier/product combination will be put on FDA Import Alerts and all future shipments from this supplier and product will be automatically detained without physical examination (DWPE). This means the FDA will refuse entry without even testing the shipment. In order for this shipment to be cleared by the FDA, a 3rd party laboratory must sample and test for the issue that put the firm and product on DWPE and submit this information to the FDA for release. After a minimum of 5 consecutive shipments cleared by the FDA, the foreign supplier can petition to be removed from the FDA Import Alert list.
Why AGQ USA?
AGQ USA has provided our FDA Detentions services that has resulted in the release of thousands of line items on shipments this year alone. AGQ provides a premier service to our customers walking them through every step of the process. From the "Notice of Action" issued by FDA to monitoring the release of the shipment on the FDA Import Trade Auxiliary Communications System (ITACS), AGQ is here to help our customers. At AGQ, we understand that getting the shipment cleared as fast as possible is critical for our customers to avoid additional storage costs. This is why we strive to always submit packets prior to the first respond by date on the FDA notice of action. Unlike other labs that are only located in the U.S., AGQ is an international network of laboratories that has the ability to come up with a sampling plan at origin to help ensure that shipments arriving in the U.S. are free from the contaminate that caused the issue.
Pesticide Degradation Curves
AGQ USA has over 10 years of experience with developing pesticide degradation curve studies for our customers. Pesticide degradation curve studies are used to monitor how pesticides degrades over time on the field and help exporters comply with foreign market MRLs.
- Improving quality in products and services
- Review of internal analytical processes
- Legislative recommendations on labeling, packaging and export.
- Degradation curves
- Contamination source determination
The purpose of this service is to have a tool to monitor and control your sources to ensure that suppliers throughout your supply chain comply with any regulatory and internal requirements on pesticide residues (or other microcontaminants).
AGQ Labs has extensive experience in this field and can offer an integrated manner all necessary steps:
- Risk Analysis (FSMA Compliance)
- Preparation of reference documentation, specifications.
- Supplier evaluation criteria (Dependent on risk/volume)
- Sampling and Analysis
- Statistical data processing
- Test/Verify/Validate new analytical techniques and methods
- Development and evaluation of new products
- Improve production processes
Getting your results fast is critical to get your fresh product to market. AGQ USA has a standard 48 hour turnaround time on pesticide residue analysis.
Whether you are testing before you harvest or after a post harvest treatment, AGQ can help you with your specific needs.
Processed food products are subjected to more testing and scrutiny than raw agriculture products because of their non-perishable nature. Ensuring processed food products meet regulatory requirements is imperative for any global food company. AGQ is an expert in international laws and can help ensure your product meets all regulatory requirements.