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Food

1.1 Foods

 

Food and Feeds can be tested for:

 

Nutritional Information Panels (NIPs)

A Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) is a table that lists the average quantities of seven key components of food and is required on most packaged foods. The quantities are given per serving and per 100 grams (g) or milliliters (mL). NIPs can be used to compare foods, allowing consumers to choose foods which are lower in fat, saturated fat, sugar and sodium.
Our analysis provides accurate information about the nutrient composition of a product. Testing for NIPs includes:

 

Mineral Analysis

Testing for minerals includes:

 

Vitamin Analysis

Testing for Vitamin in Food, Dairy, Raw material and premix includes:

 

Food Safety Monitoring

Food for human consumption must be safe and does not pose any risks to health.  For this reason, food manufacturers are required to monitor and test their products for micro-organisms that may have potential to pose a risk to humans. The testing criteria are largely specified by overseas markets that the products are being exported to and also to fulfill domestic market regulations.
Some of the accredited food safety tests done by the IAS Laboratory Services are:
    Campylobacter jejuni
    Coliforms (Total & Faecal)
    Escherichia coli
    Salmonella species
    Yeasts and Moulds
    Aerobic Plate Count
    Bacillus cereus (presumptive)
    Enterobacteriaceae
    Staphylococcus aureus

Non-accredited tests but for which quality control checks are applied are:

    Listeria species
    Listeria monocytogenes
    Salmonella
    Vibrio parahaemolyticus

 

Fish & Fish Products Testing for the European Union Market

For exporting purposes to the European Union (EU), the IAS Laboratory Services offers accredited tests for fish & fish products such as Histamine in Fish, Lead, Cadmium & Mercury in Fish, coagulase positive Staphylococci in fish and other microbiological tests as listed on  (IAS Price List).
European Union assessors have over the years visited and assessed the IAS Laboratory for competence in analysis of fish & fish products exported to the EU.  As a result IAS Laboratory Services is a designated EU laboratory for analyzing fish & fish products destined for the EU in the South West Pacific.

 

Kava Testing

Kava testing for exporting purposes is also available.  Available tests are lactones and moisture.

 

For more information, contact us on:

  

  

Name: Dr. Vincent Lal

Title: Manager

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: vincent.lal(at)usp.ac.fj 

Contact: +679 323 2976 






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