Food Labelling Claims

The relentless shift to transparency and what many call the 'clean label' movement in the food world. This focuses on using fewer ingredients and also being very clear about their origins. Many household brands are adding their support.

Food Labelling Claims

This broad trend is enabled technology-driven transparency about products and their supply chains and 'Millennials', who are regularly demanding good behaviour from their suppliers. But Millennial consumers aren't the only ones driving the transparency train. All generations have access to more technology and businesses are raising the bar on what they expect from their supply chains. So let us help you in the challenge for greater transparency helping you to answer tough questions like; What is every ingredient in your product, why is it there, and what does it do, exactly?

Today's consumers are always looking for more. They want to know what is in their food and drink, not just what isn't. The trend towards clean labels is clear - and in turn this means natural ingredients, like Gelatine are now and becoming more an essential component of food and beverage products - today the global gelatine market in 2015 had a volume of approximately 405 kilotons and is projected to reach a value of 450 kilotons by 2018. This growth is driven by a number of factors from a widening application scope such as dietetic food (like weight management products) to its pure technological properties. Our new GelSpec service uses LC-MS/MS - which detects multiple tryptic peptides as markers for confirmation - to identify the gelatine peptides from different species. Our newly developed in-house validated speciation detection uses the most accurate and reliable method on the market in order to determine the species origin of a finished gelatine or gelatine-based product. The method is based on highly sensitive mass spectrometry analysis of gelatine extracted from the products. We then use a proprietary database of collagen amino acid sequences from a wide range of animal species to analyse the data against and determine the species of origin of the tested gelatine.

This gelatine identification method overcomes reliability and sensitivity issues commonly found with other techniques. This method is incredibly accurate in identifying the origins of the gelatine using high resolution, high sensitivity mass spectrometry to detect minute differences in amino acid sequence of the gelatine protein from different species, vital for accidental or fraudulent blending of animal products from different species, detecting gelatine in mixtures down to 0.5% (w/w) or less.

Take the recent breaking headline that has unsettled many vegetarians and vegans alike as well meat lovers of the use of fish swim bladders (Isinglass - a fish gelatine) which has been used for over a century as a fining agent to make beer clearer and brighter, ultimately making the beer more appealing to buyers. Please contact foodanalysis@fera.co.uk to discuss our methods to detect gelatine in beers.

Consultancy - if you have questions about gelatine speciation, further development, market acceptance, the regulatory environment, please contact us. Our business is made up of senior scientists who have broad and deep experience in the authenticity arena that we can bring to bear on your research project which goes beyond analysis and scientific expertise.