Contaminants, Toxins, and Residues Testing
Why is contaminant testing important?
- As per National Milk Safety & Quality Survey, 2018 in respect of Aflatoxin M1 was beyond the permissible limits in 368 (out of 6438) samples, that is 5.7% of the samples. Aflatoxin M1 comes in the milk through feed and fodder.
- Amongst the top three states with highest levels of Aflatoxin M1 residues are Tamil Nadu (88 out of 551 samples), Delhi (38 out of 262) and Kerala(37 out of 187 samples) This problem is more dominant in processed milk rather than raw milk.
- Contaminants, toxins, and residues can pose serious health risks to consumers. For example, exposure to high levels of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance, while exposure to pesticides can cause cancer or other health problems.
- Contaminant, antibiotics, and toxin residue testing in milk is critical for protecting consumer health, complying with regulations, preserving brand reputation, and ensuring the quality and safety of dairy products. It is a proactive approach that benefits producers, consumers, and the environment alike.
The test method we follow
This is a rapid and sensitive method that can be used to detect a wide range of contaminants, including antibiotics and drug residues. This method is based on the principle of antibody-antigen binding. Antibodies are proteins that are specific for a particular antigen. When an antibody binds to its corresponding antigen, it forms a complex that can be detected.