Food Additives and Contaminants

The laboratory specialises in the analysis of small organic molecules. It uses chromatographic separation science on both Gas Chromatographic and Liquid Chromatographic separation systems. Both these systems are coupled to highly selective and sensitive mass spectrometers (GC-TOF and LC-MS/MS). These systems enable the laboratory to analyze small organic molecules in almost all matrices, being either biological or environmental of nature.

Thus, within this service, the laboratory is able to develop quick and easy chromatographic techniques for the analysis of a specific problem encountered by a particular industry. Projects of this nature are normally regulatory control of either natural or man-made additives and contaminants in food and animal feed, or in the environment. Although these might be developed as a once off in order to assist the industry with a specific problem, analyses are often implemented on a routine basis thereafter. Examples of these services are:

  • Melamine in various food and feed samples
  • PCB’s as an indicator of dioxin contamination
  • Analysis of hormones in water sources
  • Sudan dyes in various spices and food matrices
  • Acrylamides in potato chips and feed samples
  • Aflatoxin M1 in milk and milk products
  • rBST in bovine serum

The same stringent scientific, quality and compliance standards which are used for all the other specialty areas within the laboratory, are used to confirm the results of these projects. The client is therefore ensured of the reliability of the data generated by the laboratory. Should you be interested in similar analyses within this particular field, please contact the laboratory directly for an assessment of the viability of the particular analysis.