AGQ Labs and Disagro bring Central American melon and sugar cane producers together in California
On June 14th, a Food Safety seminar was held in California, organized by Disagro and AGQ Labs USA for melon and sugar cane producers from Honduras and Guatemala.
The attendees included representatives from companies such as Agrolíbano, Pantaleon, Dole, Classic, Procomoina, Cengicaña or Del Sol, as well as members of the Disagro team, an AGQ Labs partner for Central America and leader in the distribution of agricultural inputs.
The day began with a visit to the laboratories of AGQ Labs in Oxnard, in Ventura County, where AGQ Labs USA has been working since the year 2012. Next, Pedro Torres, Corporate Director, and Jesse Calvillo, Laboratory Director, in a number of presentations, answered questions related to maximum pesticide residue limits (MRL’s), degradation curves, the impact of the new FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act), FDA detentions, or how to conduct a correct self-audit plan.
In relation to authorized Maximum Residue Limits (MRL’s), Jesse Calvillo provided a summary of the current legislation in the principal destination markets for agricultural products, as well as the danger we run if we have not suitably evaluated the risks undertaken in each phytosanitary application, depending on the markets to which we will be exporting. The importance was also noted of being deeply aware of which elements affect the degradation of a pesticide. “We should not assume that in all cases, just because we respect the term of safety, we can be certain that our fruit will reach its destination with residues below the MRL’s.”
According to Pedro Torres, “we should have a self-audit plan that includes the pesticide degradation curves we use most often, which are frequently close to the limit permitted at harvest time. That way, we will know how these active materials degrade in our concrete conditions”. When it comes to how many routine samples should be analyzed in order to rest assured, beyond those required by certifications or specific customers, “it is we ourselves who must decide the safety level we are seeking, and based on that, choose one model or another (simple random model, by parcels, by sectors, by farmer, by volume, etc.), but we must always have a criterion established and must follow it.”
Disagro is an international corporation of Guatemalan origin, a leading supplier of agricultural fertilizers and other agricultural inputs in the region that includes Central America and Colombia.
Disagro offers a complete portfolio of agricultural inputs and other agro-industrial supplies, including: agricultural fertilizers, crop protection products, animal nutrition products, agricultural and agro-industrial machinery and equipment.
About AGQ Labs
AGQ Labs is an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory that offers one of the most comprehensive pesticide residue analysis and testing services in the United States. Using state-of-the-art analytical equipment, AGQ Labs performs pesticide residue analysis quickly and accurately in our Oxnard, CA facility. Included in the cost of service is access to our team of food safety experts and lab managers who have many years of experience interpreting pesticide residue results and addressing issues that can occur.
Our pesticide residue analysis service includes the following:
- Speed: Standard 24-48 hour turnaround time.
- User friendly reports that list positives on the first page with MRLs for up to 10 countries.
- Comprehensive standard screen that covers over 400 pesticides all with 0.01 mg/kg (ppm) limits of quantitation (LOQ).
- Cost Efficiency: Compared to other labs, AGQ Labs’ pesticide residue screens mitigate nearly double the risk as other screens at a lower price.
From annual samples for certification purposes to routine samples for export compliance, AGQ Labs is the best choice laboratory for pesticide residue analysis.
Find more information about AGQ Labs Food Safety services here.