8 steps for taking the perfect sample for mycotoxin analysis

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  1. Assess the size of your batch and work out how many sub samples you need to take.
    For example, 1 ton of raw material = 1 kg of aggregate sample (10 x 100 g samples). The exact amount of sample depends on lot type and size according to EC Regulation No 401/2006.
  2. Check the sampling method according to the material being sampled.
    Your BIOMIN representative can provide you with the best practices for each material, making sure you collect and store your sample correctly.
  3. Use the right equipment for the job.
    There are lots of tools out there so do your research and make sure you have the right tool for the job.
  4. Take incremental samples and mix them together thoroughly to form an aggregate sample.
    Make sure incremental samples are thoroughly mixed together so that all components are homogeneously distributed.
  5. Take the samples you will send off for analysis from your aggregate sample.
    The laboratory carrying out the analysis will tell you how much sample they need. The general recommendation is at least 1 kg. Make sure you send them at least this amount, if not more. And consider storing some material for future reference too.
  6. Make sure the bag or container is well sealed, and labelled with all the necessary information.
    Your BIOMIN representative can provide sampling bags or advise on other sample containers that avoid altering the quality of the sampled material.
  7. Post your sample off to the laboratory the same day.
    Try not to send samples late in the week as they might be stuck in the post office over the weekend. Instead, store samples in a fridge or freezer and post them the following week.
  8. Enjoy the benefits of receiving accurate and reliable mycotoxin analysis results.
    But your sampling journey doesn’t end there. Take regular samples to stay well informed about the mycotoxins in your raw materials or finished feeds

76% of total analysis uncertainty is due to sampling error.

 

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