In 2019, Sicural increased its number of clients located all over Italy. One of the most requested analyses concerns phosphonic acid, the main degradation product of Fosethyl aluminium. The average values are 11.341 mg/kg for pears, 1.769 mg/kg for kiwifruit, 0.885 mg/kg for tomatoes, 0.765 mg/kg for zucchini, 0.109 mg/kg for peaches and 0.075 mg/kg for apricots, just to name a few.
"Various big retail chains request a specific analysis of phosphonic acid residue. The new review of RT 16 Accredia, the technical regulation that established strict restrictions, came into force at the start of the year. At Sicural, we can perform accurate analyses, we just need to define a specific attention limit and consider the fact the phosphonic acid may derive from natural components or foliar fertilization," explained Maverik Bezzi.
The increasing attention towards phosphonic acid is also testified by the booming requests for analysis: Sicural has registered how the number of processed samples has almost tripled compared to the previous year.
But 2019 saw an increase of all types of analysis, as company sensitivity and client requests have grown.
"Sicural is an ally for businesses, as analyses are an essential self-control tool for food quality and security that goes beyond routine checks. Pollen analyses also grew in 2019, for kiwifruit in particular. It detects germinability, vitality and PSA," commented Silvia Zuccherelli.
The Sicural team in an archive photo
"There have also been standard checks on water, soil, pesticides, fresh-cut products, microbiology, nutrition and destructive analyses on kiwifruit. Sicural employs high-sensitivity equipment and can count on the extensive experience of operators," concludes Silvia Zuccherelli.