The strategy of the largest distribution networks operating in Poland and Europe focuses on the safety of the product offered, i.e. monitoring the cultivation process and the fruit delivered. An additional element of quality control is the examination of outdated plant protection agents (OPPA) directly on the fruit delivered.
We have decided, with scientific support from the University of Warsaw, to set up a laboratory at the plant of E.C.O. Group. The purpose of the investment, completely unique in our industry in Poland and in Europe, is to control the fruit entering the plant and after packing the fruit entering the sale - we test 100% raw material. Together with the University of Warsaw, we are conducting a research project concerning the study of pesticides and, at the same time, the reduction of outdated plant protection agents (OPPA) on the Group's fruit during the ozonation process.
Our laboratory is based on the SANTE/12682/2019 Guide and Regulation (EC) No. 396/2005 of the European Parliament and of the Council of February 23, 2005, on maximum residue levels of pesticides in food. The tests are carried out using modern technologies such as liquid and gas chromatography combined with tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS and GC/MS/MS). The laboratory equipment and qualified personnel allow us to determine pesticide residues at ng/kg level. In addition to conventional food research, we are also conducting research of organic food and the research required for sales to the commercial network. It is our duty to assess the compliance of the result with the requirements of a specific customer and calculate an acute reference dose in accordance with the guidelines of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
We want to make sure that we deliver 100% healthy product based on the quality to our customers.