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Filth & Extraneous Material

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In the highly specialized field of extraneous material analysis, Eurofins is uniquely qualified in the detection of the physical contaminants of food.  Our chief analyst holds both qualitative and quantitative certification from the American Association of Cereal Chemists and has over 25 years of experience in Micro-analytical Entomology.  His work is recognized by many food manufacturers as well as the FDA and USDA.

Light and Heavy Filth Analysis of Raw Material and Finished Product is routinely performed on Spices, Paprika and other Capsicums, Candy, Cocoa Powder & Chocolate Products, Coffee, Cookies, Corn Chips, Corn Meal, Crab Meat, Egg Products, Flour, Fruit (dried), Gum, Hot Sauce & Salsa, Mushrooms (canned & dried), Nut meals, Pasta Products, Rice Sticks, Shrimp, Sugar, Tomatoes (canned) & Tomato Products, Tamarind & Tamarind Products, Tortillas and others.

  • Contaminants Detected by Light Filth Analysis include Insect Fragments, Animal Hair, Whole Insects, and other extraneous material such as Feather Barbules, Mites, Metal, Rubber, Plastic, and Paint Chips.
  • Contaminants Detected by Heavy Filth Analysis are Sand, Grit, Stones, Glass, and Metal

 A Macro Filth Analysis is conducted on Spices, Herbs, Botanicals, Cocoa Beans, Dried Fruit, Dried Chilies and Plant Gums when looking for insect damage, mold, excreta, and other foreign matter.

Identification of Foreign Material is typically performed on samples that originate as complaints from retail consumers (legal/insurance cases) and from internal QC physical inspection of finished product.

FDA Detention Related Analysis is performed on product detained by the FDA under an Import Alert due to Filth. . Eurofins is a recognized leader in FDA Detention Related analysis.  Our laboratory results and reports are readily accepted by all of the FDA Districts across the country.