The food industry will be in Spokane
Join us for the Northwest Food & Beverage World on next February 17-19 at the Spokane Convention Center in Spokane, Washington at Booth 342!
Our Food Safety team will be attending all visitors at Booth 342. Come and join us!
Organized in 1914 as a canners association, Food Northwest supports the needs of the Pacific Northwest food processing industry in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in a variety of food processing & packaging segments: fruits, vegetables, seafood, dairy, bakeries, specialty foods, juices, and more. Food Northwest’s membership base includes national companies with operations or headquarters in the Pacific Northwest, regional companies, and locally run family businesses. Food Northwest is one of the nation’s largest food processing trade associations, with current membership of more than 150 processor companies and over 350 supplier members. Food Northwest’s office is located close to Portland International Airport, offering convenience for our members attending Association meetings. The office sits at a mid-point for the State capitals of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
You can find more information about 2020 Northwest Food & Beverage World here.
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 as AGQ Labs 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.
At AGQ Labs we can help the Food Processing Industry with our Food Safety Services:
- Pesticide Residue Analysis
- Heavy Metals Analysis
- Other Contaminants
- Prop 65
- FDA Detentions
Heavy Metals in Food and Water
Arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead are the main heavy metals that are closely monitored by food manufacturers and producers due to their toxicity. These heavy metals can end up in a food for several reasons and heavy metals food testing is the only way to ensure that your products are within normal ranges and meet regulatory requirements.
The U.S. FDA has set a limited number of action levels for heavy metals in food products. Action levels have been set for arsenic in apple juice and rice cereals for infants, as well as for lead in candy likely to be consumed frequently by small children. The FDA has also taken actions and refused entry of certain imports into the U.S. due to heavy metals.
California’s Proposition 65 covers all food products. More details on Prop 65 can be found on AGQ Labs USA’s Prop 65 page.
Our heavy metal testing services include access to AGQ Labs’ knowledgeable food safety team who are experts in the different heavy metal regulations around the U.S. and the world. Our heavy metal analysis service has a standard 3-5 days turnaround time that makes AGQ Labs’ heavy metal testing service one of the fastest in the U.S.
AGQ Labs USA uses an ICP-MS to test water and food products and an ICP-OES to test soils, vegetation, and food additives for heavy metals. AGQ Labs USA’s ICP-MS allows us to detect heavy metals at ultra-low levels to help ensure you comply with Prop 65.
Do not hesitate to visit our website for more information.