ILS, Got No Beef With Label Claims

International Laboratory Services are now offering Stable Isotope Ratio Analysis (SIRA) for Food Authenticity Testing 

 

Food fraud has been around for a considerable length of time, but was brought to light and further actions taken since the Horsegate Scandal in January 2013. Since then the Food Standards Agency (FSA) have implemented guidelines and requirements which are heavily regulated and in addition are set to increase and evolve even further in the near future.

Stable Isotope Ratio Analysis (SIRA) takes advantage of the natural chemical variation of the Earth. The technique focuses on isotopes of the elements hydrogen and oxygen which, in proteins, are derived largely from drinking water and carbon, nitrogen and sulphur which are mainly derived from the food the animal eats. Combining these isotopes into a “geographical fingerprint”, enables us to provide robust testing solutions that ensure protein products are consistent with the claimed origin and the stated production system.

 

As of the 1st April 2015 it is now a legal requirement for the Country of Origin to be declared on fresh, chilled and frozen meat products in addition to the original list of beef, honey, olive oil and fresh fruit and vegetables. The Country of origin is required for the primary ingredient if it differentiates from the given Country of origin of food as advertised.

 

With suppliers able to source products from around the globe and with the legal responsibility on producers to ensure that the product they are selling meets the label claim, determining the country of origin has been made easier by ILS. Helping our customers to sell their products with confidence.

 

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