In a nutshell, chemical testing helps confirm the contents of the food you manufacture. It enables you to maintain the quality of your products, ensuring that they are safe.
Chemistry testing aims to verify the food’s chemical composition, such as how much sugar, protein, or fat it has. It also helps identify if the food contains heavy metals and minerals, and the quantity.
Food chemistry testing can also help you strike a balance between what is safe and what is appetizing. Another aspect it can help you with is product enhancements. You can improve your product’s texture, taste, and odor using preservatives and additives without compromising food safety.
However, certain chemicals may cause problems to some people even on safe levels, such as:
- Food colorings: tartrazine 102 or yellow 2G107
- Preservatives: benzoates 210 or nitrates 252
- Artificial sweetener: aspartame 951
- Flavor enhancers: monosodium glutamate (MSG) 621
With proper testing, you can print these chemicals on the label to inform consumers. It helps ensure your business doesn’t get blamed for hiding these components from people who are sensitive to these chemicals.
Advantages of Chemistry Testing
Every food production should adhere to the preventive system standardized by the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP). This internationally recognized method ensures the health and safety of consumers by avoiding food hazard sources. Microbiology testing covers biological hazards, while chemistry testing in food addresses both chemical and physical hazards.
The chemistry testing provided by FSNS helps your food production to comply with HACCP by:
- Identifying chemical contamination such as antibiotics and pesticides
- Determining the number of food additives and preservatives
- Revealing the presence of chemicals in production and manufacturing plants such as oil, grease, and cleaning agents in machinery
- Identifying foreign objects such as pieces of metal, plastic, wood, or glass
Results from chemical lab tests are also vital for research and development. They can influence improvement in ingredients and components, as well as a more efficient food processing design. Food scientists also use the information that chemistry tests provide to develop new products.
Apart from helping you adhere to safety compliance, the testing procedures we use in our laboratory also enable you to determine specific chemical content. Our chemical capabilities include identifying the following:
- Preservatives and additives
- Adulterants (melamine and related compounds, thiocyanate, furosine)
- Amino acids beta-agonists (ractopamine by LC-MS/MS)
- Carbohydrates, sugar, and other sweeteners
- Common raw materials
- Crude analysis panel & minerals
- Fat & water soluble vitamins
- Fatty acid profile
- Proximate analysis (fat, moisture, protein, ash, crude fiber, salt)
- Pungency – scoville heat
- Rancidity (TBA, free fatty acids, peroxide value)
- Titratable acidity
We also assist in nutritional analysis and labeling. Our team of experts can help provide specific information to help you comply with labeling regulations.
Why Choose FSNS for Chemistry Testing?
FSNS has an extensive team of professionals and state-of-the-art analytical instruments to meet your chemistry testing demands. Our ability to produce results even on tight deadlines makes our services popular to most food industry businesses. We can also accommodate testing under Prop 65 regulations.
Here are the analytical instruments we use on our chemistry testing, depending on the nature of the test:
- HPLC: High-Performance Liquid Chromatography
- GC: Gas Chromatography
- GC-MS/MS: GC-Tandem Mass Spectrometer
- ICP-OES: Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectrometers
- ICP-MS: Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometers
- LC-MS/MS: Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometers
- FTIR, NIR: Fourier Transform Infrared with Near IR capabilities
FSNS consists of 19 ISO-17025 accredited laboratories, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We conducted 6.6 million tests in 2020 for 3,500 satisfied customers.
The Value of Chemistry Testing
Chemistry testing on food is essential to help build trust in your brand. At the same time, it enables you to avoid expensive recalls due to issues such as incorrect nutritional labels.
Consumers these days are more conscious of what they ingest and put inside their bodies. When people are grocery shopping, they no longer base their buying decision on captivating designs. Instead, they read what’s written on the label.
Calories, carbohydrates, and sugar content are just some of the specific items consumers check on a product’s nutritional facts label. People also look at the ingredients to determine if it has potential allergens in them.
Without proper chemical testing on food, you cannot provide the correct information on your products. How will you be able to build trust? Furthermore, the U.S. FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires businesses to perform careful management, auditing, and testing of every component in the food processing chain.
At FSNS, our world-class chemists and superior testing equipment can help you comply with regulations. You can also be sure that the information on your product labels is accurate.
Proper Chemistry Testing Can Ensure Business Longevity
With proper chemical testing on food, you can be sure that your products remain safe for consumers. You will be able to build your brand faster since your customers trust you more, and your business will continuously comply with FDA regulations and be safe from fines or other adverse financial consequences.
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- Melamine and related compounds
- Sudan Dyes
- Beta Agonists
- Wheat (Gliadin/Gluten)
- B-Lactoglobulin (BLG)
- Accredited by USDA in the areas of fat, moisture, protein and salt testing.
- Moisture (Vacuum and Forced Air)
- Fat (Soxtec, Soxhlet and Acid/Alkaline Hydrolysis – Mojonnier method)
- Protein (Kjeldahl and Combustion)
- Salt (Volhard)
- Sodium Benzoate/Benzoic Acid
- Potassium Sorbate / Sorbic Acid
- Artificial Sweeteners
- Scoville (Capsaicin Content)
Carbohydrates and Sweeteners
- Total Dietary Fiber
Minerals, Metals and Heavy Metals
Fats and Oils
- Omega Fatty Acids
- Total Fat (Saturated, Polyunsaturated, Monounsaturated, Trans Fat)
- Free fatty acids
- Peroxide value
- TBA rancidity test
- Viscosity (by Brookfield or Bostwick)
- Hunter color analysis
- Free amino acids
- Total amino acids
Fat and Water Soluble Vitamins
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D