Phytosanitary products (insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, etc.) are chemical substances whose purpose is to protect plants from harmful organisms

They are therefore widely used substances, whose residues can appear in products as diverse as:

  • Plant-based products such as fruit and vegetables, plant material, processed products (juice, oil, wine, etc.), pulses or dried fruit and nuts

  • Animal-based products such as meat and carcasses, eggs and egg products or milk and milk products

  • Other: animal feed, additives, food supplements, extracts, preserves, packaging, etc.

Monitoring such compounds is important both environmentally and from a health perspective, since they can be harmful to the consumer’s health. For this reason and as a protective measure, the European Union has in recent years tightened the restriction policy with regard to pesticide residues in food, establishing "maximum residue limits for pesticides" in products of plant and animal origin.

Distribution companies (supermarket chains) have adopted more restrictive acceptance and rejection criteria than the legal limits, in response to consumer demand for extra food safety guarantees. This is a major factor for companies that supply supermarket chains in the EU and non-EU countries. Particularly because the requirements of each chain are unique and must be checked according to each customer, active ingredient and product. Ainia has developed systems to provide this performance evaluation specifically for the supermarket chains that are of interest to our customers.

At AINIA we give you value

  • Our chemical analysis laboratory has extensive experience and the optimal equipment for multi-residue analysis of pesticides (GC-MS/MS and LC-MS/MS)
  • We have a pesticide residue sweep of more than 655 active substances, 553 of which are accredited (85% of the total number of active substances included in the multi-residue analysis)
  • Accreditation scope for pesticide residues open to matrices according to ENAC NT-19 for:
    • Pesticide multi-residues analysed by LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS, dithiocarbamates, dithianone and fenbutatin-oxide, chlormequat and mepiquat, acid pesticides, bomide and ethylene oxide
    • In a large number of matrices such as fruits and vegetables, nuts, oilseeds, pulses, cereals, spices, teas and herbs for infusions, honey and molasses, muscle and viscera
  • QS Recognition
  • Data registration in centralised databases (Fruitmonitoring, QS)
  • Systems integration, allowing the automatic transfer of the analysed sample information and results into our clients’ own systems without requiring a manual transcription of the results
  • Mylab, online system for consulting and analysing the results of your samples. Enables:
    • Continuous monitoring of the status of the samples
    • Real-time results, even before the final report is available. Immediate access to all your analytics 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
    • Online application management systems
    • Graphic representations
    • Data export in CSV format
    • A comparison of MRLs from more than 20 countries and other contrasting data
    • Customisable specific supermarket management system (“retailers”)
    • Final analysis report and supermarket specification report in PDF
    • Secure access via username and password
    • Customisable rules and alerts management system
    • Interoperability with other customer information systems (e.g. ERPs)
    • Accessible from mobile devices
  • Supermarket Criteria Evaluation Report. Configurable report for each of our clients. In this report we provide the results assessment in relation to the requirements of the supermarket chains of their interest. The parameters that are compared in these reports are:
      • MRL: Maximum Residue Limit
      • % MRL
      • %∑ MRL
      • % PRP: Pesticides Reduction Program
      • %∑ PRP
      • ARfD (Acute Reference Dose)
      • %∑ ARfD
      • % ADI (Acceptable Daily Intake)
      • %∑ ADI
      • Banned pesticides (BLACKLIST)
      • Total number of detected pesticides
  • EFSA PRIMO 3.1 model for ARfD and ADI calculations
  • We are continuously incorporating new active substances into the multi-residue tests according to the needs of our customers. We develop new methods for specific pesticide analysis and extend the application range to new matrices
  • Designated as an official control laboratory for more than 25 parameters in different matrices, and specifically for pesticide residues. We were also recently approved for ethylene oxide analysis.
  • Authorised Laboratory for pesticide analysis by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Indonesia
Consult accreditation in: ENAC accreditations AINIA laboratories


By combining liquid and gas chromatography techniques with mass spectrometry detectors (LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS), a wide range of active substances can be analysed with high sensitivity, specificity and reliability in a variety of matrices.

Currently, we determine more than 655 active substances by multi-residue pesticide methods by GC-MS/MS and LC-MS/MS (with an accreditation level of 85% of the active substances included).

In addition, we perform the following specific methods of analysis: ethylene oxide, chlorate, perchlorate, ethephon, glyphosate, glufosinate and AMPA, maleic hydrazide, fosetyl-Al and phosphonic acid, acid pesticides (2,4-D, bromoxynil, dichlorprop, fluazifop-P, haloxyfop, ioxynil, MCPA, MCPB, triclopyr), bromides, chlormequat, diquat, mepiquat and paracuat, dithiocarbamates, in a broad spectrum of matrices.

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