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.

Authenticity Testing
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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. MGO, DHA & HMF Analysis 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.
  3. MGO, DHA & HMF Analysis Triple Package
    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. 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.
  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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)

  9. 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.

  10. Artificial sweeteners: Aspartame, Acesulfame-K and Saccharin
    Using ion-pair reversed phase HPLC coupled with UV detection Fera’s food safety experts can analyse your food and drink samples, including wine, for the presence of artificial sweeteners; aspartame (E951), acesulfame-K (E950) and saccharin (E954).
  11. Preservatives (Sorbic, and Benzoic Acid) Citric Acid also Available
    Using reversed phase HPLC coupled with UV detection Fera’s food safety experts can analyse your food and drink samples for the presence of the permitted additives sorbic acid (E200), Benzoic acid (E210) and citric acid (E330).
  12. Alcoholic Strength by Volume
    Fera’s food authenticity team can analyse alcoholic beverages to determine their alcoholic strength by volume, expressed as ‘% vol’ on product labels. This analysis can suit both beverages producers and retailers wishing to verify labelling claims.

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