LEAF (Laboratories for the Environment, Agriculture, and Food) has again proven to be among the leading laboratories in Lebanon and the Region. One of 50 laboratories in comprising the ARAC Accreditation Body members and laboratories in the Arab region which have participated in the programme, LEAF passed in GOOD STANDING the global proficiency test for Contaminants in Food (Milk Powder), which tests for trace elements (Arsenic, Cadmium, Copper, Cobalt, Fluoride, Iron, Lead, Molybdenum, Mercury, Manganese, Selenium, Total Sulphur, and Zinc) in milk powder. ARAC's Proficiency Testing Programme, ARAC PT 001, is supported by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Industry.
Most foods contain some level of heavy metals and associated trace elements, largely attributed to environmental contamination. Even very low levels of heavy metals pose significant risk to health and well-being, making detection of their presence in food or foodstuffs extremely important. Thus, food manufacturers and processors must have confidence that the laboratories they use to test their products are competent and that the methods used are suited to detecting the low levels potentially present.