CONTAMINANTS UPDATE: Extended UKAS Accreditation at ALS for Inorganic Bromide Testing

Monday 4th May 2020

ALS Laboratories is pleased to announce, that following the completion of some extensive validation work, we are now able to offer a new accredited method above in Fruit, Vegetables and Cereals.

This method was previously available unaccredited and the reporting limit is as follows.

  • Inorganic Bromide -5 mg/kg

Methyl Bromide is most often used as a fumigant and a pesticide. This is no longer approved for use in EU under regulation 396/2005. Methyl Bromide itself cannot be quantified as this is readily broken down to Bromide Ion. Hence a method looking for total Inorganic Bromides needs to be utilised. This is recognised under the EU regulations and MRLs are established for Bromide Ion rather than Methyl Bromide itself.

Our newly-accredited method has been utilised by supermarkets as well as many suppliers to check compliance against EU regulations.

Some examples of products we have routinely been testing are:

  • Potatoes
  • Aubergine
  • Leafy brassica. Such as spinach, rocket
  • Rice


It is not an exhausted list of capabilities, it can be applied to other types of food testing. If you wish to discuss the methodology, or have any queries regarding this test, please do not hesitate to contact our Client Services Team with the details below.

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01354 697 028