Alternative Protein & Novel Food Analysis

Alternative Protein & Novel Food Analysis

As a leading provider of analysis and testing services to the global food and agricultural industries, we are constantly improving our methods and innovating in new ways in order to achieve a safer, higher quality, more sustainable and traceable food and beverage supply chain. 
Plant based foods can be highly processed and contain a long list of ingredients. Each ingredient contributes to the overall environmental impact of the food and some plants are more sustainable than others, requiring fewer chemical inputs such as pesticides and fertilisers. Where the plants are grown is also important as some plant protein has travelled many thousands of miles before it is consumed. Plant protein which is extracted and processed to taste and look like meat can lack some of the essential nutrients present in animal based alternatives or even the micronutrients that are present in unprocessed vegetables. It can also contain additional components that are used to change the flavour and texture of the products.

Safety Testing


Residual Solvent Testing
Fera can analyse for a range of Residual Solvents using mass spectrometry (HS-GC-MS).


Pesticide Testing
Fera is a UK National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Pesticide Residues and can analyse food and feed samples using single or multi-residue methods.


Mycotoxin Testing
Fera is a UK National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Mycotoxins and can analyse food or feed samples to measure levels of mycotoxins.


Heavy Metal Testing
Fera is a UK National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Heavy Metals  and can analyse food and feed samples for a range of heavy metals.


Environmental Organic Contaminant Testing
Fera is a UK National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for POPs in feed and food and can analyse samples for a range of contaminants.


Processing Contaminant Testing
Fera is a UK National Reference Laboratory (NRL) for Processing Contaminants and can analyse samples for a range of contaminants.


Plant Pathogen Testing


Quality Testing


GM Testing (Soya Bean/Maize)


Interested in other areas of novel food and alternative protein testing? Fera can partner with other laboratories to provide testing. This testing includes, but is not limited to, Physico-Chemical testing, Organoleptic testing, and Nutritional testing. Please enquire if these are of interest to you.

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