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Concept Life Sciences offers a comprehensive range of nutritional analysis services to support food manufacturers and suppliers with food labelling legislation and retailer specification compliance, due diligence and quality control, new product development and surveillance studies.

Nutritional analysis

In Concept’s UKAS laboratory in Cambridge, we have nutritional experts who provide a trusted and highly respected service and our fully qualified staff ensure the accuracy of the analyses conducted.

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State of the art equipment

Our nutritional analysis laboratory is equipped with state of the art analytical instrumentation including ion chromatography, gas chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance, Dumas protein analysis, microwave digestion as well as traditional wet chemistry technique, enabling fast, efficient and accurate generation of nutritional labelling data.

All testing is carried out in accordance with the internationally recognised ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard with widespread accreditation of the major tests.

We can also assess product labelling and ensure that every aspect, including layout and language, complies with legislation, including the EU’s Food Information to Consumers regulation.

  • Nutritional analysis services

    • Group 2 nutritional testing
      • Ash
      • Moisture
      • Protein
      • Sodium
      • Salt
      • Sugars
      • Carbohydrates (by difference)
      • Energy
      • Fat
      • Dietary fibre
      • Fatty acid profile including trans
    • Group 1 nutritional and meat content testing
      • Moisture
      • Protein
      • Hydroxyproline
      • Carbohydrates (by difference)
      • Energy
      • Fat
    • Other Testing
      • Omega 3
      • Omega 6
      • Cholesterol
  • Vitamins

    We provide a comprehensive range of vitamin testing on food, supplements, animal feed, premixes and blends via selected third parties to ensure reliable and timely completion of the analysis to very high standards.

    Our services offer analysis for the following vitamins in a large variety of products:

    • Vitamin A (incl retinol and beta carotene)
    • Vitamin E
    • Vitamin D (incl cholecalciferol and ergocalciferol)
    • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
    • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
    • Vitamin B3 (Total of Niacin/ Nicotinamide/Nicotinic Acid)
    • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
    • Vitamin B9 (as Added Folic Acid or Total Folic Acid)
    • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
    • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
    • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
    • Vitamin B7
    • Vitamin K
  • Minerals

    We offer state of the art analysis using ICP-OES and ICP-MS techniques via selected third parties to determine many minerals which may be declared on food and feed materials or have a significant presence in many raw materials, premixes and blends.

    We are able to provide a reliable and rapid service and offer analysis for the following minerals, and many more, in a large variety of materials

    • Zinc
    • Calcium
    • Potassium
    • Copper
    • Iron
    • Magnesium
    • Selenium
  • Preservatives and sweeteners

    A preservative is a substance that is added to foods to prevent microbial decomposition or undesirable chemical changes. Artificial preservatives reduce the risk of foodborne infections, decrease microbial spoilage, and keep the food fresh and nutritious. Concept Life Sciences offers testing for preservatives and sweeteners via numerous analytical service providers.

    • Benzoate/Benzoic Acid
    • Sorbate/Sorbic Acid
    • Nitrite/Nitrate
    • Sulphites/Sulphur Dioxide
    • Propionate/ Propionic Acid
    • Ascorbic Acid
    • Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) and Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA)
    • Lactic Acid
    • Succinic Acid

    Sweeteners are used in food product to provide a sweet taste without added sugar or to reduce added sugar. Sweeteners are usually either sugar alcohols or artificial sweeteners, but may also be natural alternatives to sugar.

    Concept provide testing for:

    • Aspartame
    • Acesulfam-K
    • Saccharin
    • Sucralose
    • Sorbitol
    • Mannitol
    • Stevia
    • Maltitol
    • Xylitol