It doesn’t seem like a day goes by without a story in the news about heavy metals in a consumer product. Whether legitimate or not, this can be catastrophic for the targeted company.
That is unless the company has taken some straight forward tests to protect itself. After almost 20 years as a preeminent heavy metals laboratory we’ve learned a few things that may be helpful.
First, testing for heavy metals can be tricky. Armed with the right technology to test heavy metals but lacking the wisdom to understand the variables can produce inaccurate results – in many cases results that are not in your favor. This can create both “false positives” and false negatives”. Neither of which are desirable.
Third party testing is perhaps the most cost effective insurance a company can buy. A perfect demonstration of this comes in the form of recent feedback from a client of ours. They were approached by the media who had “unconfirmed reports” of excessive heavy metals in their product.
While this scenario may have been “rattling” for some, our client shared with us they simply showed the writer the documentation from our Gold Certification program, shared that Frontier was a leading heavy metals laboratory and ISO 17025 accredited. Bottom-line, we understand that was the end of the story.
I share this with you, because I think it is important. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In this case, being able to confidently communicate that they had proactively brought in a third party to monitor their products was worth significantly more than the $100 BIG 4 test. Avoiding the potential damage to a company’s brand could easily be worth 100 or even 1,000 times the price of that test.
If you currently have a solid heavy metals testing program in place – good for you! If you don’t it’s a great time to get started. Give us a call today and we’ll share ways we see existing clients creating the most cost effective testing programs.
About Frontier – Frontier Global Sciences is an internationally recognized analytical laboratory, specializing in the analysis of trace metals or heavy metals in industrial, environmental and consumer applications. For over 18 years the company has provided innovative solutions and “gold standard” analytical services to corporations and government entities throughout the world.