Toxins (other than pesticide/drug residues)

Many government agencies require food and beverage products to be monitored for the presence of toxins that have detrimental effects on consumer health. Toxins can migrate into crops if they are grown in contaminated air or water. Another source is naturally occurring organisms (certain fungi, bacterial, or algal growths emit toxins) that contaminate crops they co-exist with. Toxins may also be found in meat/dairy/poultry products if the animals were exposed to contaminated feed. Many of these toxins remain potent even after food processing/packaging steps, and remain in the final products. Areas of interest include: