Avocado analysis: Superfood or health hazard?
The demand for avocados has been rising steadily in Germany and Europe for many years. No wonder, as they are considered an absolute superfood. Avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, D and E. They also contain unsaturated fats, which are good for cholesterol levels.
As the consumption of avocados increases, so does the number of avocado samples that we at GALAB analyze every day. For this purpose, we have developed our own methods to analyze the fruit for pesticides and contaminants and to check whether an avocado is healthy and safe.
Which pesticide does GALAB regularly find in Avocado?
We work with avocado samples throughout the whole year and analyze them in our laboratories. Most of the samples are coming from South America, especially Peru, and are processed by our GALAB Peru branch.
When we receive a sample, our focus is on pesticides and contaminants such as heavy metals. We particularly frequently come across the active ingredient prochloraz, which is found in pesticides. The EFSA specifies an acute reference dose (ARfD for short), which defines the maximum intake of a substance that is still safe for humans. Avocado samples frequently exceed this value.
It also applies to cetrimonium chloride, which is used as a biocide in South America and can also be regularly detected by us in other samples, such as grapes from the region. For organic products, we also analyze the value of fosetyl.
If a contaminated avocado is used to produce avocado oil, for example, other foods prepared with it will also be contaminated. With a professional analysis by GALAB, these harmful fruits do not reach the market or processing plants in the first place.
What methods does GALAB use to analyze avocados?
For pesticide analysis we work with our own developed method GALAB Pesticides 500Plus®. This allows us to verify compliance with all current specifications relevant to the food retail industry. The method is fast, safe and complete: Ideal for providing our customers with reliable analyses.
With GALAB Pesticides 500Plus®, we analyze samples on-demand within less than twelve hours. That ensures our customers that their avocados, avocado creams or other avocado products are healthy and safe for consumers.
Our experts will be happy to answer your questions about the current requirements for avocados and recommend suitable analysis strategies for your products.
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