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Organic contaminants testing will ensure the safety of your products

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Organic contaminants are undesirable, harmful substances, which are found at trace level in foodstuffs. They are not present in food due to a deliberate action, but find their way into it through contact with air, water or soil, enter it during the manufacturing process or are generated during manufacturing as process contaminants (e.g. acrylamide or 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD)).

Food producers need to ensure that their products are toxicologically safe and in compliance with all legal requirements through the use of analytical testing.

How Eurofins can help

Eurofins is the global leader in the analysis of organic contaminants, process contaminants and migration residues. We offer to examine a large number of organic contaminants of anthropogenic origin, process contaminants and migration residues, in a great variety of food and feed.

Relevant products


  • Bakery products
  • Herbs and spices
  • Flavours, oleoresins
  • Coffee, cocoa
  • Tea, herbal tea, fruit tea
  • Oils and fats, e.g. olive oils
  • Food ingredients and food additives
  • Soy sauce
  • Dietary food
  • Honey
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages


Specific analyses

Eurofins offers a wide variety of analyses of organic contaminants

  • 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol (3-MCPD) and 2- and 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol esters (2- and 3-MCPD esters)
  • 4-methylimidazole (4-MI)
  • Acrolein
  • Acrylamide
  • Chlorate, perchlorate
  • Chlorophenols, such as pentachlorophenol (PCP)
  • Dichloropropanols (DCP)
  • Dicyandiamide (DCD)
  • Disinfectants, e.g. quaternary ammonium compounds, such as DDAC and BAC
  • Ethyl carbamate
  • Formaldehyde
  • Furans
  • Glycidyl esters
  • Illegal dyes: sudan dyes and other illegal dyes
  • Melamine and other structurally related compounds such as cyanuric acid, ammelide and ammeline
  • Mineral Oil Saturated Hydrocarbons (MOSH), Mineral Oil Aromatic Hydrocarbons (MOAH) and Polyolefin Oligomeric Saturated Hydrocarbons (POSH)
  • Nicotine
  • Plasticisers, such as phthalates / adipates
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH)
  • Residual solvents (such as BTEX and VCH).
  • Semicarbazide (SEM), photoinitiators (isopropyl thioxanthone: ITX; 2-ethylhexyl 4-dimethylaminobenzoate: EHDAB)

Why Eurofins?

Eurofins is the industry leader in analytical testing, including testing for organic contaminants, process contaminants and migration residues.

Our laboratory equipment includes extensive state-of-the-art analytical equipment for the analysis of organic contaminants. As some of our applied methods are partly automatised, we are able to offer short turnaround times to give you a quick assessment of your food and feed samples.

Our laboratory equipment includes the following devices:

Sample preparation

  • various homogenising tools even for larger sample quantities

Sample extraction and purification

  • automatised SPE
  • GPC

Analytical devices/Measuring methods

  • GC-ECD
  • GC-MS systems with EI or CI options and various injection technologies
  • GC-MS/MS systems
  • LC-MS/MS systems
  • online-HPLC-GC-FID systems
  • Headspace GC-MS
  • Online-SPE-GC-MS


Contact your local laboratory for more information about our services.