Food testing services
Measurlabs offers a comprehensive range of food testing services from allergen determination to shelf-life testing and nutritional analysis. Testing is needed to ensure optimal product quality and compliance with national and international food safety legislation.
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Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 requires nutritional information to be included on the label of most packaged foods. We provide laboratory testing to determine the nutritional content of solid and liquid food products in accordance with the regulation. Parameters included in the analysis are total fat, saturated fat, protein, carbohydrates, sugars, salt (sodium), and energy content. Dietary fiber can be included or excluded.
Similar analyses are also available for alcoholic beverages and pet food.
Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 requires information on potential allergens to always be displayed on food packaging, as this information is of utmost importance for consumer safety. Measurlabs offers allergen testing covering all the allergens defined in the regulation, including peanut, gluten, milk, and soy, among others.
Contaminants may end up in food at different stages of the production cycle, for example, as a result of polluted raw materials or harmful chemicals forming during the cooking process. Several EU regulations address food contaminants, including (EU) 2023/915, 2022/2388, and 2021/1399. Testing should be performed on high-risk foods listed in the relevant regulations.
Examples of contaminants and foods that require testing include the following:
Shelf life testing
Measurlabs offers food shelf life testing options for determining the expiration date of beverages and ready meals. Shelf life testing is based on microbiological analysis of E. Coli, salmonella, and other microorganisms forming on the product towards the end of the estimated shelf life.
Assessment of physical and chemical properies
The physical and chemical properties of food products, including raw materials, can have a significant impact on the quality of the final product, as well as the smoothness of the production process. Depending on the form that the product takes, relevant parameters to be assessed can include the following:
Rheology of "thick" liquids, such as honey and ketchup
Particle size distribution of powdery food ingredients
Osmolarity and osmolality of sports drinks and other products with dissolved ionic or molecular substances
More extensive testing is required if a food product is likely to contain nanoscale particles or have properties on the nanoscale. For this, Measurlabs offers nanomaterial analyses by EFSA guidelines.
Specialty food analysis services
In addition to the routine tests described above, we provide a range of rarer food analyses. These include microplastics testing, nanoparticle analysis, and stable isotope analysis using the IRMS method. Examples of available tests include the following:
If you are interested in IRMS analysis, which can be used for food authenticity testing and determination of geographical origin, please contact our experts to discuss analysis options.