Thanks to a Strategic Partnership Grant from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub (see September 25 Weekly Report), a new HPCL aflatoxin testing machine has now been commissioned at Intertek’s Beira agricultural laboratory, and imported foodstuffs and agricultural samples from World Food Program and World Vision are already being tested for mycotoxins.
Prior to the acquisition of this machine by Intertek, aflatoxin testing could only be conducted in South Africa, requiring up to three months to receive results at a cost of more than US$120 per test. The increased laboratory capacity will give commercial traders the opportunity to have analysis done in-country more quickly and affordably, further enhancing the competitiveness of Mozambique’s agricultural products on the global market.
Intertek also concluded training of its laboratory staff on the use of the new equipment, and the equipment was calibrated by a South African technician to the required standard of 0.001% margin of error. The laboratory is now working towards accreditation by obtaining ISO170925 certification.
Photo: A technician calibrating the new HPCL acquired by Intertek for its Beira Laboratory.