Food Industry

Food analysis


  • Microbiology

- Indicator and index microorganisms
- Altered and pathogenic microorganisms
- Identification of microorganisms
- Fast detection of pathogenic microorganisms by PCR
- Vitamin determination by microbiology
- Parasitology
- Environmental and surface control
- Hygiene procedure validation
- Disinfectant assessment
- Manipulator control
- Drinking water control

  • Physics/Chemical analyses

- Immediate principles (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, ashes, humidity), vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fibres
- Group 1 Nutritional labelling (energy values, protein, carbohydrates, fats) and Group 2 (energy values, protein, carbohydrates, fats, sugars, saturated fatty acids, fibre, sodium) according to Royal decree , 930/1992 “wherein nutritional properties of food product labelling are established”.
- Allergen determination
- Mycotoxins: aflatoxins, ocratoxin, DON, zearalenone, T-2, fumonisine
- Functional foods
- Oils and fats: acidity index, peroxide index, iodine index, K270 index, K232 index, omega fatty acids, trans fatty acids, sterols, polar compounds in oils.
- Food additives: preservatives, antioxidants, food colourings, sweeteners.
- Qualitative determination of transgenic GMO in foods
- Persistent organic contaminants: dioxins, polychlorine biphenyls, polycyclic aromatic hycrocarbons, other organic contaminants.
- Drug and antibiotic residues
- Volatile nitrogenated bases
- Other toxic residues: (Hg, Pb, Cd, As, Sn among others), solvents, plague control products in foods and waters
- Material migration by contact with food
- Air-borne particle determination
- Drinking, field and garden, residual and purifying plants waters.

 

  • Image Analyses

- Foreign body determination in products (inorganic and organic matter)
- Insect and arthropod identification
- Excrement identification
- Computer assisted image analysis (quality control in raw material and finished product): element counting, shape, size, surface, density, texture and structure periodicity. Automatic classification and recognition of structures from pre-established patterns, development of image analysis applications.

Toxic / biological assays

- Acute toxicity (LD50)
- Safety test
- Local tolerance assays
- Mucose irritation assays (oral, rectal, vaginal,..)


Consultancy and assessment

- Design and implementation of food safety Management systems: APPCC and certifiable standards (ISO 22000:2005, IFS, BRC, AIB and others)
- Design and implementation of control plans: traceability, allergen Management, supplier management, water supply, Cleaning and disinfection, infrastructure. 
- Food safety Management system verification: sampling strategies, auditing programmes.
- Food law
- Food hygiene: GMP, premise design, etc.
- Food sell by date
- Food product labelling
- General Technical consulting
- Non conformity in results assessment: corrective and/or preventive actions.
- Nutritional Studies: content and nutritional labelling (nutrition facts), foods and functional foods, personalised nutritional studies, diet design and food disorder therapy
- Communication with Health authorities


Audits 

- Health/ Hygiene Audits: GMPs and premises
- Design of checklists for Health/Hygiene audit development.
- Food safety Management system audits: APPCC and certifiable standards
- Supplier audits
- Product audits