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Concept Life Sciences' highly skilled food chemistry team and dedicated partners offer a comprehensive range of accredited tests and services designed to meet the industry’s requirement for fast, accurate and reliable analysis.

Food chemistry

Concept Life Sciences’ highly skilled food chemistry team and dedicated partners offer a comprehensive range of accredited tests and services designed to meet the industry’s requirement for fast, accurate and reliable analysis.

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Fast, accurate and reliable analysis

We offer an extensive range of food chemistry analysis using state-of-the-art instrumentation and traditional wet chemistry techniques. Knowledgeable and dedicated scientists are ready to apply their many years’ of experience to help you achieve product assurance and our long-standing partners match our quality and service standards, helping you overcome complex food chemistry challenges.

  • Heavy metals

    Due to their toxicity, testing for heavy metals carries great importance. Metals like arsenic, lead, cadmium, mercury and certain others are found in many food and feed types. At high levels these can be toxic, but as they are naturally occurring in air, water and soil and taken in by plants and animals, they can not be completely absent from our food supply. We are able to support this analysis with our highly-skilled third parties who use the latest technologies including ICP-MS and ICP-OES. Analysis is performed to detection levels below those needed for regulatory requirements.

  • Acrylamide

    Our highly experienced scientists offer a UKAS accredited analytical service to test a variety of food products for the presence of Acrylamide.

    Using state-of-the-art liquid chromatography (LC-MS/MS) techniques, we are able to provide comprehensive Acrylamide testing with reporting levels down to 10μg/kg, ensuring conformance against the regulation benchmark levels.

    Acrylamide is a chemical substance formed in starchy food products during high temperature cooking (over 120°C) such as the processes of frying, roasting or baking. It is formed by a reaction between amino acids and sugars in a chemical process known as the Maillard Reaction.

  • Dioxins and PCBs

    The quantification and assessment of Dioxins and PCBs is regulated within EU Commission Regulation 277/2012.

    The Regulatory Analytical requirements from the Commission Regulations are:

    • Dioxin/Furans.
    • DL PCBs (12 x Dioxin-Like / WHO 12).
    • NDL PCBs ( 6 x Non Dioxin-Like / ICES 6).

    We deliver this analysis via a trusted partner who is accredited to the ISO17025:2017 standard, ensuring total compliance to EU Commission Regulation 278/2012 (Feedingstuffs) analytical performance.

  • Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

    Commission Regulation 835/2011 has increased the number of PAHs monitored to four. This has now been transposed into regional law within the EU.

    As a solutions provider, we offer PAH analysis via a dedicated partner. Skilled experts use GC/MS methodology to ensure correct quantification of regulated PAH analysis is achieved for the following PAHs:

    • Benzo(a)Pyrene
    • Benzo(a)Anthracene
    • Benzo(b)Fluoranthene
    • Chrysene and Total
Food chemistry services
  • Heavy metals analysis
  • Acrylamide testing
  • Dioxins and PCBs analysis
  • Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) testing
Food chemistry capabilities
  • ICP-MS and ICP-OES
  • LC-MS/MS
  • GC/MS