Authenticity Testing

With the food industry increasingly subject to scrutiny, testing to ensure compliance with food safety regulations, protecting public health and supporting traceability is a must. 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.

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  1. Isotope ratio (includes: (D/H)I & II, 13C and 18O)

    Our wide range of analysis activities are underpinned by our UKAS accredited stable isotope analysis methods.

  2. Ash Furnace Analysis

    Feras food and beverage testing capabilities can aid you in meeting regulatory requirements, especially those focused on food quality. This is because the analysis of ash after burning is a key indicator of product quality.

  3. Fruit Juice Authenticity
    A suite of analytical tests, based on the principles of isotope ratio analysis, is provided to detect adulteration of fruit juices and concentrates with either sugars or syrups.
  4. Polyphosphates Testing
    To aid in the declaration of polyphosphates we have developed a test that detects the amount of 'added' phosphates in prawns, distinguishing between the naturally occurring levels of phosphates and the level of added phosphates. In prawns, monophosphate is naturally occurring, where as di-phosphate and tri-phosphate are not, therefore the detection of diphosphate and tri-phosphate in prawns would confirm the use of polyphosphates. This newly developed NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) based in-house validated test can successfully differentiate between the different forms of phosphates in prawns
  5. Gelatine Animal Origin Analysis
    Gelatine is widely used in food and pharmaceuticals, manufactured from predominantly pig and cow, but also from poultry and fish tissue.
  6. Manuka Honey: Microbiological Testing
    Total Activity (TA) and Non-Peroxide Activity (NPA) are measures of the ability of a honey to inhibit microbial growth. Phenol equivalence testing through traditional plate bioassay methods is used to accurately assess these levels and allow producers to ensure labelling requirements are met.
  7. Leptosperin - Manuka Honey
    Fera honey analysts use industry leading techniques and cutting edge technologies to establish levels of the marker compound leptosperin within your Manuka honey samples. Through this analysis, the authenticity of your Manuka honey can be assessed against the findings of international research programmes and industry standards.
  8. MGO, DHA & HMF. Triple and Quad Package (With Leptosperin)
    Fera honey analysis experts make use of extensive analyses to determine the authenticity of Manuka honey. We determine a range of chemical compounds which are recognised markers of Manuka honey.
  9. Diastase Test
    Can you be confident that your storage facilities aren’t degrading the quality of your products? Fera Science can perform analysis on honey samples for diastase enzyme activity (diastase number) giving you the confidence in the quality of your product. using the official Phadebas® assay for determination of diastase activity.
  10. Moisture in Honey Test
    Want to know the quality of your honey from your supplier? Did you know that the quality of honey is determined by its moisture content? Fera Science Limited can analyse your honey samples for their moisture content by measusring the refractive index of the product.
  11. Sugars in Honey (individual fructose, glucose and sucrose) Test
    Fera Science Limited can analyse honey samples to assess the sugars (fructose, glucose and sucrose) present using chromatography with refractive index detection.
  12. Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF)
    Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) is an organic compound used as a quality measure in honey. The maximum HMF concentration is controlled within the EU under Council Directive 2001/110/EC.

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