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FAO-IAG proficiency test for feed analysis laboratories in developing countries

The FAO and International Analytic Group (IAG) have organised a ring test for feed analysis laboratories and invite public and private institutions including fishmeal producers and feed manufacturers’ internal laboratories to participate. Last year 120 laboratories took part.

March 3, 2016


The FAO and International Analytic Group (IAG) have organised a ring test for feed analysis laboratories and invite public and private institutions including fishmeal producers and feed manufacturers’ internal laboratories to participate. Last year 120 laboratories took part.

A ring test is an inter-laboratory test whereby similar homogenous samples are analysed by all participants, and the results compared to evaluate their performance. Laboratories that regularly perform feed analyses are recommended to participate in the ring test, which provides them with the opportunity to assess and improve their work.

Parameters for evaluation include protein (Kjeldahl and Dumas method), crude ash, acid insoluble ash, fat, minerals, trace elements, feed additives antioxidants and amino acids. 

The deadline for applications is 15 March 2016 and the charge for participation is 100 euros per laboratory for two samples. Laboratories can apply for one sample only (mixed feed) which is more applicable to fishmeal and feed producers at 50 euros. This should be stated clearly when applying.

Please register here.

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