Chemistry Testing

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Our new state of the art chemistry lab offers the fastest nutritional testing in Scotland.

Key facts:

  • UKAS accredited chemistry lab.
  • Test food products to meet all legislative requirements.
  • Full nutritional testing available
  • QUID declaration meat content
  • Dairy testing
  • Allergen testing
  • Control of botulinum testing
  • Specialists in fish testing
  • CEM MARS 6 microwave assisted reaction system, provides fully optimised solvent extraction and derivatisation to prove complete omega fatty acid claims.
  • Lidl Reports
  • Traffic light labelling (FOP lozenges).



Nutritional testing

At Express Micro Science we can conduct full nutritional testing, which can include up to 39 components:

• Energy kcal AV
• Energy kJ AV
• Fat by nmr
• Fatty acid breakdown:
o Saturated Fatty Acids
o Monounsaturated Fatty Acids
o Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
o Omega-3 Fatty Acids
o Omega-6 Fatty Acids
o Trans Fatty Acids
• Omega breakdown:
o C18:2n6c cis linoleic acid #
o C18:3n3 Alpha-Linolenic acid #
o C18:3n6 Gamma-Linolenic acid #
o C18:4n3 Stearidonic acid #
o C20:2n6 cis-11, 14-Ecosadienoic acid #
o C20:3n3 cis-11,14,17-Eicosatrienoic acid#
o C20:3n6 cis-8, 11, 14-Eicosatrienoic acid #
o C20:4n6 Arachidonic acid #
o C20:5n3 cis5,8,11,14,17-Eicosapentenoic acid (EPA) #
o C22:2n6 cis-13-16-Docosadienoic acid #
o C22:4n6 Docosatetraenoic acid #
o C22:5n3 Docosapentaenoic (DPA) #
o C22:6n3 Docosahexaenoic (DHA) #
• Total Carbohydrate
• Available Carbohydrate
• Total sugars:
o Fructose
o Galactose
o Glucose
o Lactose
o Sucrose
o Maltose
• Moisture by nmr and oven drying
• Ash
• Total Dietary Fibre
• Nitrogen
• Nitrogen Conversion Factor
• Protein
• Sodium
• Sodium expressed as Salt

QUID declaration meat content

  • Stubbs & Moore method
  • Collagen
  • Connective tissue
  • Declarable meat
  • QUID declaration
  • Added water

Allergen testing

With so many food allergies existing today, it is imperative for food manufacturers to be able to provide the appropriate information. EMS currently perform the following allergen tests:

  • Histamine
  • Gluten
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Other tests coming soon

Lidl reports

  • Labelling compliance
  • Microbiological Analysis
  • Sensory/Organoleptic
  • Nutritional Analysis
  • Additional Analysis

Dairy testing

  • Fat by Rose-Gottlieb

Control of Botulinum testing

Guidance from the Food Standards Agency states, “It is important that vacuum packed chilled foods have the necessary controlling factors in place to minimise the risk of growth and toxin production by this organism.” Express Micro Science offers the following tests to support your control processes:

  • Water activity
  • pH
  • Aqueous Salt

Specialists in fish testing

  • Total Volatile Base Nitrogen (TVBN)#
  • Histamine

Please contact us if there are any tests that you require that do not appear on this list.