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Nutritional Testing

The SAL Food Chemistry laboratory is equipped with state of the art analytical instrumentation, enabling fast, efficient and accurate generation of nutritional labelling data. All testing is carried out in accordance with the internationally recognised ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Standard with widespread accreditation of the major tests.

Nutritional testing for food labelling may be declared in two main ways:

This analysis enables the minimum nutritional declaration required to be determined:

  • Energy KJ and Kcal /100g product
  • Protein g/100g product
  • Carbohydrates g/100g product
  • Fat g/100g product

This analysis is considered to provide a good guide to the key health related nutrients within a food product and is used for labelling requirements.

  • Energy KJ and Kcal/ 100g product
  • Protein g/100g product
  • Carbohydrates g/100g product
    of which: -sugars g/100g product
  • Fat g/100g product
    of which: -saturates g/100g product
  • Fibre g/100g product
  • Sodium g/100g product

Standard turnaround time for Group I and II nutritional testing is 5 working days, with the availability of a fast track 3 working day service.

  • Cholesterol
  • Metals
  • Minerals
  • Omega3 and 6 fatty acids
  • Sugar profile
  • Nitrates and Nitrites
  • Salt
  • Hydroxyproline
  • Meat/Fish content

The Meat Product Regulations 2003 defines meat as ‘skeletal muscle with naturally included or attached tissue’, and sets specific limits for the amount of fat and connective tissue allowed. The definition specifically excludes Mechanically Recovered Meat – MRM, feet and trotters, tail and head meat but includes cheeks (Masseters). It also excludes non-muscle cuts such as liver, kidney, heart etc.

SAL use standard methodology (Stubbs and Moore) to determine the meat content of meat based products.

To comply with the regulations, additional testing of hydroxyproline is required in addition to the basic meat content tests: moisture, ash, fat and protein.

Our analytical services focus on your requirements to ensure protocols are adjusted to suit the diverse range of products tested. Sample types are taken into consideration prior to analysis, ensuring accurate measurement and reporting of final results.

Our industry experience and technical knowledge ensures that customers can have complete confidence in the integrity of their results.

For more information on SAL’s Nutritional Testing services, please contact your local laboratory or contact us online.