Food Chemistry & Nutritional Analysis
Most prepackaged foods and food products sold in retail outlets in Canada and the United States require nutritional labeling. Core nutritional labels include information on calories and 13 nutrients as defined in the Food and Drug Regulation and outlined in the Guide to Food Labeling and Advertising. Values expressed on the label have to be accurate and reflect the true contents of the product. Therefore, analytical testing of each product is advised.
RPC offers full nutritional analysis of food and food products that meets all requirements for Canada and the United States.
Our skilled staff have extensive experience analyzing a large variety of foods including fish and fish products, potatoes, fruits, meats, oils and fats as well as processed foods such as pizzas, pastries, luncheon meats, etc.
RPC offers a complete start-to-finish service that begins with advice regarding sampling and analytical requirements and finishes with a ready to print nutritional facts panel supplied to our clients.
Core Nutrition Facts Panel analyses include:
• Fatty Acid Profile (Total, Saturated and Trans)
• Total dietary fibre
• Vitamins (A and C)
• Minerals (Sodium, Calcium, Potassium and Iron)
• Proximates (Moisture, Protein, Fat, Ash, Calories and Carbohydrates)
Analyses for additional nutrients:
• Other minerals
• Other vitamins
• Monounsaturates, Polyunsaturates, Omega-3, Omega-6 and other fatty acids
Further analyses offered by RPC:
• Rancidity testing (p-Anisidine, peroxide value and free fatty acids)
• DNA based meat species identification
RPC also tries to accommodate individual requests that are not currently within the scope of our system.
Contamination of food products is a growing concern for food producers and processors, as well as for the end consumer. Maintaining a high quality standard from initial production through processing, down to packaging and final consumption can only be guaranteed by tight quality systems and regular monitoring.
RPC has been providing diagnostic services to the food, feed, and beverage industry for over 30 years. Microbiological, inorganic, and organic analyses are carried out on various matrices on a regular basis at our facility.
Common food safety analyses include:
Food microbiology testing
• Salmonella spp., Listeria monocytogenes, E. coli, Clostridium perfringens, Yeast/Mold, etc.
Inorganic contaminant testing
• Mercury, arsenic, lead, etc.
Organic contaminant testing
• Dioxin, PCBs, pesticide/herbicide residues, etc.
Food complaint investigations
• Off-tastes, foreign body analysis, etc.
RPC also offers non-standard analyses and method development. For a complete list of analyses, or to customize a testing program to suit your needs, please contact us.
|Josh Perry, Client Service Representative
|Jill Hay, Food Chemist