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Food Nutrition and Safety Measurements Quality Assurance Program

Summary

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) established a Food Nutrition and Safety Measurements Quality Assurance Program (FNSQAP) to support the measurement needs of the food communities.

Description

Food Nutrition Safety QAP

As part of a revamp of QAPs in 2021, NIST has established the Food Nutrition and Safety Measurements Quality Assurance Program (FNSQAP) to support the NIST Food Safety Program. Participants measure concentrations of nutrient components (e.g., minerals, vitamins, fatty acids, dietary fiber) and contaminants (e.g., toxic elements, pesticide residues) in food samples, including infant formula, distributed by NIST. FNSQAP is designed to assist laboratories in the development and validation of new analytical methods, in improving the quality of their analytical measurements, and in supporting compliance with a number of federal regulations enforced by the US FDA, USDA, and other international bodies. Participant data is compiled at NIST and analyzed for accuracy, precision, and concordance within the community. Reports and certificates of completion are sent to participants, and workshops with participating laboratories may be held following future studies.  Future FNSQAP studies may address additional food safety areas such as authenticity, protein food allergens, and microbial contaminants, as needs are identified. If you have any suggestions for studies or would like more information regarding FNSQAP and other NIST QAPs, please send your request to QAPHUB [at] nist.gov ().

Contact

If you are interested in learning more about our current quality assurance programs or signing up to participate, please request an account at QAP HUB or contact us at QAPHUB [at] nist.gov ()

Major Accomplishments

Exercise 1

Study

Measurands and Samples

Nutritional Elements

Ca, Na, Fe, and K in infant formulas

Toxic Elements

As, Cd, Pb, and Hg in baby foods

Water-Soluble Vitamins

Folic acid in infant formulas

Fat-Soluble Vitamins

Vitamin K in infant formulas

Contaminants I

Acylaminde in chocolate and coffee

Contaminants II

Glyphosate in foods

Exercise 1 Final Report is coming soon

Exercise 2

Study

Measurands and Samples

Nutritional Elements

Cr, Mo, and Se in infant formulas

Toxic Elements

Cd and Pb in chocolate materials

Water-Soluble Vitamins

Choline and carnitine in infant formulas

Fat-Soluble Vitamins

Carotenoids in infant formulas

Fatty Acids

DHA and ARA in infant formulas

Contaminants I

Glyphosate in turmeric and cat food

Contaminants II

Phthalates in infant formula and cheese

Registration for Exercise 2 will close on March 4, 2022. Visit QAP HUB to sign up for participation.

Created February 25, 2022