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Section Description

The analytical laboratory at IAS is an internationally accredited laboratory that offers a wide range of services in the analyses of foods, feeds and water to its customers.  There is also a biofuel section which is capable of carrying out various tests in bio-diesel as well as paraffin diesel at international standards.  The laboratory also carry out a limited scope of soil testing.  

The laboratory is well equipped to be able to meet international standards.  Equipment used include Inductive Coupled Plasma (ICP) Spectroscopy, Flow Injection Nutrient Analyzer, Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometers (Flame AAS, Flow Injection Hydride Generation AAS, Graphite Furnace AAS), UV/VIS Spectrophotometers, High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph units,  Microbiological Support Equipment, Freeze Dryers and other routine laboratory equipment.

Staff members are well trained to deliver the level of service expected of a commercial laboratory.

For Laboratory Services please click here.

 

Contact Person:

Name: Dr. Vincent Lal

Title: Manager

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: vincent.lal(at)usp.ac.fj 

Contact: +679 323 2967

 

 

Projects

Lab Projects 2009 - 2013

  • Product development - “Taki Mai”:  For more than a decade the Food Unit of IAS has been working with potential partners to develop commercial products based on the relaxing properties of chemicals found in kava.  Obstacles have been finding a low-cost method to obtain these kava lactones and countering European claims that some extraction methods gave unsafe products.  IAS staff solved the former problem and an Australian scientist has shown this product to be safe and effective.  Working with the team that marketed Fiji Water in the United States a relaxation drink called “Taki Mai” has been developed to be launched in early 2013. 
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Analysis, funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) - IAS is also a United Nations regional center of excellence for the analysis of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  A regional United National Environment Program project funded by the Global Environment Facility to determine baseline levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in human milk and the atmosphere in six Pacific countries.  An inception meeting was held in Suva and training workshops in each of the countries involved.  POPs are harmful chemicals that are airborne, persist in the environment and accumulate in fatty tissues.  A global (Stockholm) Convention regulates the production of these chemicals.  In 2011 IAS completed a three-year project to determine baseline levels of POPs in humans (via breast milk) and the environment (passive sampling of air).  In general POPs concentration are low in the Pacific relative to other countries except for DDT, which has been widely used in the region for mosquito control.  
  • A study to assess factors that affect the cyanide content in cassava during growth and processing conducted for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).  New Zealand and Australia had proposed stringent regulations on the trade in cassava and cassava products that were to be scrutinized by the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius.  
  • United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) project on food analysis in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga where IAS assists a number of laboratories in providing advice on analysis and quality assurance.  Vitamin A activity of traditional foods from Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands have been analyzed to encourage consumption of healthier cultivars
  • Through collaboration with SOPAC and WHO, IAS assisted several regional countries to improve their water quality laboratories.  Visits were made to assist the microbiology work and proficiency samples were also sent to the laboratories.
  •  Low-technology solar fruit drying
  • A coconut oil marketing feasibility study
  •  A shelf-life study on a kava/noni fruit drink and a microbiological risk assessment study on tuna.



Research

Laboratory Services: Research & Postgraduate Studies

The list below contains thesis titles from both Masters (MSc) and Doctoral (PhD) research by the IAS Laboratory postgraduates, for both completed and current students. Click on thesis titles (blue text) to read more about each research.

ID

Degree

Thesis Title

Staff/Student Name

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1

MSc

Analysis of Trans fatty acid in Fiji foods by Fourier transform Infrared Technology

Mr. Riaz Ali

 

2

MSc

Monitoring for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Fiji's environment

Mr. Vincent Lal

 

3

MSc

1. Analysis of foliates in foods by microbiological assay.
2. Determining folate content in some Fijian foods.

Mrs. Viola Lesi

4

MSc

Prevalence of pathogenic bacteria in shellfish and the effectiveness of closed water depuration system with biofilter on removal of this pathogenic bacteria.

Ms. Shristi Kumar

6

MSc

Salmonella in eggs and chicken.

Ms. Ashika Dayal

7

MSc

Determination of Niacin using colorimetric and HPLC method in some selected Pacific Island foods.

Ms. Priti Maharaj

8

MSc

Human mercury exposure in relation to fish consumption in Fiji.

Ms. Maureen Kumar

9

MSc

 

  1. Determination of trends in the ambient air Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) concentrations in the Pacific Islands Region using polyurethane foam based passive air samplers.
  2. Levels of persistent organic pollutants and 2,2,4,4-tetrabromodiphenylether (PBDE No. 47) in freshwater mussels (Batissa violacea) in Fiji Rivers and seawater shellfish Anadara antiquata (kaikoso) in Fiji coastal waters.

 

Mr. Waisea Votadroka

Staff

Laboratory Services Staff List

           

Dr Vincent Lal
Manager

vincent.lal@usp.ac.fj 
+679 32 32967

Arun Pande
Senior Technician

arun.pande@usp.ac.fj

+679 32 326

         

Ashika Dayal
Scientific Officer

ashika.dayal@usp.ac.fj
+679 32 32973 

Anjila Raghuwaiya
Scientific Officer

anjila.nand@usp.ac.fj
+679 32 32973



Karalaini Fong 
Scientific Officer

karalaini.rabo@usp.ac.fj
+679 32 32909

 

Jeremaia Koroijiuta
Food & Water Laboratory Technician

jeremaia.koroijiuta@usp.ac.fj

+679 32 31593

 

Rosie Kumar
Laboratory Technician

rosie.kumar@usp.ac.fj

+679 32 32971

 

Anaseini Turukawa
Laboratory Technician

anaseini.turukawa@usp.ac.fj

+679 32 32971

 

Kacaraini Saqanaivalu
Laboratory Technician

kacaraini.saqanaivalu@usp.ac.fj

+679 32 32971

 

Philip Gabriel
Laboratory Technician

philip.gabriel@usp.ac.fj

+679 32 32971

 

 

Iliana Koroi
Laboratory Technician

Iliana.koroi@usp.ac.fj

+679 32 32971

 

Kirti Naidu
 Laboratory Technician

kirti.naidu@usp.ac.fj

+679 32 32971

 

Indar Singh
Laboratory Technician

indar.singh@usp.ac.fj

+679 32 32971

 

Unaisi Galo
Laboratory Technician

unaisi.galo@usp.ac.fj

+679 32 32973

                        

Preeti Singh
Laboratory Technician

preeti.singh@usp.ac.fj

+679 32 32973

 

Dhirendra Prasad
Laboratory Technician

dhirendra.prasad@usp.ac.fj

+679 32 32971

 

Sitela Rokodinicagi
Assistant Technician

Sitela.rokodinicagi@usp.ac.fj

+679 323 2973

                    

Sivorosi Kete
Assistant Technician

Sivorosi.kete@usp.ac.fj

+679 323 2971

 

Unaisi Vikumui
Lab Attendant

unaisi.vikumui@usp.ac.fj

+679 323 2973

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