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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If you are unsure what kind of tests you need, we can help you diagnose your sample using our extensive analysis techniques.

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  1. Methylgloxal (MGO) Analysis
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. MGO, DHA & HMF Analysis 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Combined Chemical and DNA package

    This test combines Fera’s MPI 4 chemical markers test and Fera’s MPI Manuka pollen DNA test to provide a complete package for assessing the authenticity of your manuka honey sample, in line with MPI guidelines.

  8. MPI Manuka Pollen DNA Test

    This test confirms that there is sufficient pollen from the Manuka bush in the honey for it to be regarded as Manuka honey. DNA from pollen in the honey is extracted and analysed to confirm the presence of manuka pollen.

  9. MPI 4 Chemical Markers Test

    Feras food authenticity and profiling experts conduct the analysis required to measure the concentration of the MPI four chemical markers of 3-Phenyllactic acid (3-PLA), 2’-Methoxyacetophenone (2'-MAP), 4-Hydroxyphenyllactic acid (4-HPLA) and 2-Methoxybenzoic acid (2-MBA)

  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. 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.
  12. 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.

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