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Products that will be used as a food or feed ingredient are often required to meet “Fit for Human Consumption” requirements. In order to state a product is suitable for FFHC generally requires specific contaminants to be confirmed. The specific items to be confirmed can vary by origin, destination of product, and product type. To aid our clients understanding of FFHC a four week educational webinar series was held focusing on the different contaminant categories. The first webinar introduced the definition of “fit for human consumption” from an international perspective and what resources are available in understanding export requirements for specific situations.

The remaining three sessions focused on the requirements for individual contaminant groups listed in table 1 below. Additional contaminant topics not always defined in FFHC like GMO’s and microbial pathogens were also described. Each session discussed requirements for laboratory testing, information on different testing methods available and the capabilities of each.

Week 1 Week 2Week 3Week 4
FFHC Definition
Export Requirements
Heavy Metals
Microbial & Pathogens
Poisonous Seeds, Ergot
Pesticide Residues
Antibiotic & Vet Drug Residues
GMO & Allergens

The webinar series had almost 100 participants from all over the world.  For more information on testing services or to view the recorded webinars, please contact:

Kalyn Brix
Analytical Services Director, Branch Manager
241 34th Ave.
Brookings, SD 57006
t: (605) 696-5656
f: (605) 692-5908


SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.