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. 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.
  2. 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.
  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. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Free and Total Sulphur Dioxide
    While naturally present in wine, sulphur dioxide (SO2) can also be added to wine during the pre bottling stage of production to preserve products during storage. Sulphur dioxide is subject to legal limits and requires specific mention on labels where levels exceed 10 mg/L
  9. Illegal Dyes
    Fera food safety experts are able to undertake detailed analysis of your food samples to detect and quantify the presence of a range of illegal dyes potentially found within a wide range of foodstuffs. This test includes the Sudan dyes and Butter yellow among others.
  10. Fruit Juice Added Water
    An accredited analytical test using analysis of the stable isotope signature of oxygen is provided to verify labelling claims of fruit juices labelled as ‘not from concentrate.
  11. 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

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