Provisions for the sampling and analysis for the official control of the maximum levels for contaminants have been laid down as follows:
For the control of levels of mycotoxins: Commission Regulation (EC) 401/2006
For the control of levels of lead, cadmium, mercury, inorganic tin, 3-MCPD and benzo(a)pyrene in foodstuffs: Commission Regulation (EC) No 333/2007
For the control of levels of dioxins, dioxin-like PCBs and non-dioxin-like PCBs in certain foodstuffs: Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/644 of 5 April 2017 laying down methods of sampling and analysis for the control of levels of dioxins, dioxin-like PCBs and non-dioxin-like PCBs in certain foodstuffs and repealing Regulation (EU) No 589/2014
For the control of levels of nitrates: Commission Regulation (EC) 1882/2006
- In this Regulation reference is made to the Guidance Document on the Estimation of LOD and LOQ for Measurements in the Field of Contaminants in Feed and Food and a Guidance Document on Measurement Uncertainty for Laboratories performing PCDD/F and PCB Analysis using Isotope Dilution Mass Spectrometry which have been elaborated by the European Reference Laboratories in the field of contaminants in feed and food.
- Guidance document on identification of mycotoxins in food and feed
- Guidance for the control of ergot sclerotia in cereals to verify the compliance with the maximum level established in Commission Regulation (EC) No 1881/2006
Report on the relationship between analytical results, measurement uncertainty, recovery factors and the provisions of EU Food and Feed legislation.
In order to assist the competent authorities on the official control of aflatoxin contamination in food products which are subject to Commission Regulation (EU) 884/2014, a Guidance document for competent authorities for the control of compliance with EU legislation on aflatoxins has been elaborated. This document is also applicable for the control of aflatoxins in food products not subject to Commission Regulation (EU) 884/2014.
The Guidance document for the implementation of Commission Regulation (EU) 519/2014 provides guidance for sampling of lots, in particular for the sampling of large lots and silos for the control of mycotoxins for the implementation of the provisions provided for in Regulation (EC) 401/2006 as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) 519/2014.