Food Product Testing


Alpha Test House is approved and authorized for food testing from FOOD SAFETY AND STANDARDS AUTHORITY OF INDIA (FSSAI). Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is an independent statutory body which has been set up under the Food Safety Standards Act (FSSAI) 2006, and it is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.


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What you eat affects your health and growth.

Food testing is important for safe and quality food products. Today, the food industry is increasingly subjected to competition. Therefore, food testing analysis is mandatory in compliance with food safety regulations to ensure healthy lifestyle. Contamination in the food products can also cause damage to the brands reputation. So, food testing, food packaging testing, packaged food testing are very much important to avoid further effects.

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Alpha Test House, accredited, full service analytical laboratory, specializes in microbiological analysis for the food, beverage and environmental industries. Food safety is an integral part of the production of all foods and the shared responsibility of all segments of the supply chain. In recent times there has been increased awareness for the need to evaluate the food safety practices in the production of agricultural products. We have extensive experience and the analytical capability in:

FOOD PRODUCT ANALYSIS

Dairy Products Testing:

Dairy products testing includes analysis for milk, cheese, other dairy products, as well as products containing ingredients derived from milk, cheese, and other dairy products. These tests are done to determine ash, alkalinity, dispensability, Fat, milk fat, Lactose, Milk Solids, Non – fat, moisture, minerals, Microbiological tests, Protein by Kjeldhal method, Combustion, solids (total) in milk, titrable acidity and vitamins.

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Organic Food Testing:

Organic food is supposed to be free from synthetic chemicals and governed with strict guidelines. USFDA Certified is the label to look for when spending extra money on organic foods. Organic food does not mean chemical-free, it just means it is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. The organic food testing helps in finding out about the presence of these pesticides and fertilizers.

Nutritional/Food Labeling:

"Nutritional Facts" label was introduced as part of regulations in many countries. But on September 19, 2008, The Ministry of Health and family welfare had mandated packaged food manufacturers to declare nutritional information on their product labs. The label informs consumers of the nature, contents, quantity and quality of the food. It also provides information on the source of the food.

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Ready to Eat Food Labeling:

Food labeling offers a great deal of information on most packaged foods. The label offers complete, useful and accurate nutritional information. The government encourages food manufacturers to improve the quality of their products and help the consumer make healthier food choices. The consistent format helps consumer to directly compare the nutritional content of various foods.

Shelf Life Estimation:

The shelf life of a food can be defined as the time period within which the food is safe to consume and/or has an acceptable quality to consumers. The shelf life of a product begins from the time the food is prepared or manufactured. Its length is dependent on many factors including the types of ingredients, manufacturing process, type of packaging and how the food is stored. It is indicated by labeling the product with a date mark. Shelf Life estimation test are done by microbiological examination, chemical, physical and sensory evaluation.

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Fatty Acid Composition Analysis:

Current interest in fatty acids and trans-fatty acids in food materials has been increasing. Fatty acid is an organic acid found in fats, oils, and lipids. It can be classified according to chain length, short chain (2-4 carbons), middle chain (5-10 carbons), and long chain (more than 11 carbons). The tests for fatty acids are performed to obtain its complete profile.

Vitamins in Food:

Vitamins are substances that our body needs to grow and develop normally. There are 13 vitamins our body needs. They are vitamins A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate). Accurate vitamin testing is essential to ensure that declared levels are correct, especially if a company is making a claim about a product. Our laboratory provides the latest, most reliable and sensitive techniques to analyze for a wide range of vitamins.

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Minerals in Food:

Minerals help our body grow, develop, and stay healthy. The body uses minerals to perform many different functions — from building strong bones to transmitting nerve impulses. The two kinds of minerals are: macro minerals (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride, and sulphur and trace minerals (iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride, and selenium). Our test offers a comprehensive range of accredited tests to satisfy regulatory requirements.

Pesticide Residue Analysis:

Pesticide Residue Analysis in agricultural commodities is an important component to assess the human safety since the pesticides are necessarily used to control the various kinds of insects and pests and to increase crop production. Pesticide residue analysis tests are done to identify and quantify the residues from very complex food matrices.

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Gluten Free Food Test:

Gluten is a protein complex found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale. Agluten-free diet is the only medically accepted treatment for celiac disease. Being gluten intolerant can often mean a person may also be wheat intolerant as well as suffer from the related inflammatory skin condition dermatitis herpetiformis. Gluten free food test are done to know about the amount of gluten present in food.

Beverages Testing

Consumption of good quality beverages and juices has positive impact on the health of consumers. To be at the forefront of beverage industry, the quality of the juices and drinks has to be excellent. So, there is need for Food and Beverage Testing.

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Drinking water Testing

Drinking Water and fresh air are the unavoidable reasons for life. More than 70% of human body is composed by water. But unfortunately, only 3% of water available across the globe is fresh water and only half of that is available to humans. In developing countries like India, population growth combined with industrial development is hard pressing on water demand resulting in the shrinkage of water table.


R.O.H.S. (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive)

The Company has complete in house facility to execute various jobs related to R.O.H.S.

The European regulation (EC) 1935/2004 defines fundamental requirements of food packaging for EU market.

According to this, packaging material shall neither transfer their ingredients into food in quantities that may impair human health, nor deteriorate aroma or taste.

Besides these very general rules some materials are regulated more in detail. Plastics and polymers are regulated in the Regulation (EU) No 10/2011 of 14 January 2011, superseding EU Directive 2002/72/EC. The regulation contains restrictions, migration limit values, and specifications for testing - for safety of food when in contact with plastic materials. While the earlier EU Directive 2002/72 had to be adopted by each Member State in EU with the option of national modifications, this new regulation will become law in all EU Member States directly.

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Many links to further information are available from the website of the EU Commission.

PBB and PBDE are flame retardants used in several plastics.

The maximum concentrations are 0.1% or 1000 PPM (except for cadmium, which is limited to 0.01% or 100 PPM) by weight of homogeneous material. This means that the limits do not apply to the weight of the finished product, or even to a component, but to any single substance that could (theoretically) be separated mechanically—for example, the sheath on a cable or the tinning on a component lead.

List Of food Analysis

1. OILS & FATS ANALYSIS

COCONUT OIL

MUSTARD OIL

SOYABEAN OIL

COTTON SEED OIL

OLIVE OIL

MAIZE OIL

GHEE (BUTTER FAT)

PALMOLEIN OIL

TIL OIL (GINGELLY OR SESAME OIL)

GROUND NUT OIL

RAPESEED GROWN ABROAD OIL (TORIA KA TEL)

VANASPATI (HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL)

LINSEED OIL

POPPY SEED OIL

VANASPATI (VEGETABLE OIL)

IMPORTED SAFFLOWER OIL(HIGH OLEIC ACID)

REFINED VEGETABLE OIL(PALM OIL)

EDIBLE FATS

MAHUA OIL

SAFFLOWER SEED OIL (BERRY KA TEL)

MARGARINE AND FAT SPREAD

2. FOODGRAINS, PULSES & CEREAL PRODUCTS

ARHAR DAL

MACARONI PRODUCTS (SUJI OR MAIDA PRODUCTS)

PULSES & FOODGRAINS

ATTA

MAIDA

RICE

BESAN

MAIZE

SEMOLINA (SUJI OR REWA)

CHANA WHOLE

MALT BASED FOOD(MALT FOOD)

SOLVENT EXTRACT SOYA FLOUR

CORN FLAKES

MALTED MILK FOOD

URAD WHOLE

CORNFLOUR(MAIZE STARCH)

MASUR DAL

URD DAL

CUSTARD POWDER

MASUR WHOLE

WHEAT

DAL CHANA

MOONG DAL

WHEAT PORRIDGE (DALIYA)

FORTIFIED ATTA

MOONG WHOLE

WHOLEMEAL BARLEY POWDER OR CHOKER YUKT JAU KA CHURAN

FORTIFIED MAIDA

PEARL BARLEY (JAU)

 

JAWAR AND BAJRA

STARCHY FOOD

 

3. INFANT & OTHER SUPPLEMENTARY FOODS

GENERAL PARAMETERS IN INFANT MILK FOOD AND MALTED SKIMMED MILK FOOD-

GENERAL PARAMETERS IN PROCESSED CEREAL WEANING FOODS

4. SPICES & CONDIMENTS

AJOWAN (BISHOPS SEED)

FENUGREEK (METHI) WHOLE

ANISEED (SAUNF) WHOLE

GENERAL PARAMETERS IN CURRY POWDER/GARAM MASALA/MEAT MASALA/CHANA MASALA

CARAWAY BLACK (SHIAHJIRA) WHOLE

LARGE CARDAMOM (BADI ELAICHI) WHOLE

CARDAMOM (CHOTI ELAICHI) WHOLE

MACE (JAIPATRI) WHOLE

CHILLIES AND CAPSICUM (LAL MIRCH) WHOLE

MUSTARD (RAI, SARSON) WHOLE

CHILLIES AND CAPSICUM (LAL MIRCHI) POWDER

NUTMEG (JAIPHAL) WHOLE

CINNAMON (DALCHINI) WHOLE

PEPPER BLACK (KALI MRCH) POWER

CLOVES (LAUNG) WHOLE

PEPPER BLACK (KALIMIRCH) WHOLE

CORIANDER (DHANIA) POWDER

SAFFRON (KESAR)

DRIED MANGO POWDER (AMCHUR)

TURMERIC (HALDI) POWDER

FENNEL (SAUNF) WHOLE

TURMERIC (HALDI) WHOLE

5. SUGAR & SUGAR PRODUCTS

BHURA SUGAR

ICING SUGAR

CUBE SUGAR

KHANDSARI SUGAR

DEXTROSE MONOHYDRATE

LIQUID GLUCOSE

DRIED GLUCOSE SYRUP

MISRI

GENERAL PARAMETERS IN SUGAR

PLANTATION WHITE SUGAR

GOLDEN SYRUP

RAW SUGAR

GUR OR JAGGERY

REFINED SUGAR

HONEY

SUGAR USED IN FOOD PRESERVATION INDUSTRY

6. MILK & DAIRY PRODUCTS

MILK

DAIRY BASED DESSERTS /CONFECTIONS

CHEESE (RIPENED, MOULD RIPENED, UNRIPENED, PROCESSED, CHEDDAR, DANBO, EDAM, GOUDA, HAVARTI, TILSITER, CREAMED COTTAGE, COULOMMIERS

EVAPORSTED/ CONDENSED MILK & MLIK PRODUCT

MILK POWDER

BUTTER, GHEE & MILK FATS

DAHI OR CURD

CHAKKA AND SHRIKHAND

CREAM

FERMENTED MILK PRODUCTS

MALAI

WHEY PRODUCTS

CHHENA OR PANEER

 

7. OIL SEEDS AND BY PRODUCTS

MUSTARD SEED

CASTOR SEED

8. TEA AND COFFEE PRODUCTS

CHICORY

COFFEE

INSTANT COFFEE

TEA

SOLUBLE COFFEE POWDER

GREEN TEA

GENERAL PARAMETERS IN COFFEE-CHICORY MIXTURE

9. FRUITS & VEGETABLE PRODUCTS

APPLE JUICE PRESERVED BY PHYSICAL MEANS SPECIFICATION

FRUIT BAR /TOFFEE

THERMALLY PROCESSED FRUITS & VEGETABLES

TOMATO SAUCE, PUREE AND PASTE

FRUIT & VEGETABLE JUICES

VINEGAR

CHILLI & SOYABEAN SAUCE

PICKLES

FRESH FRUITS & VEGETABLES

NUTS & RAISINS

FRUIT CORDIAL CONCENTRATES, FRUIT SQUASH CONCENTRATES, FRUIT SYRUP CONCENTRATES, FRUITS NECTARS

MANGO JUICE

FRUIT SQUASHES, FRUIT SYRUPS & FRUIT CORDIALS, READY TO SERVE FRUITS BEVERAGES, SHARBATS

DEHYDRATED PEAS

JAM, JELLLIES, MARMALADES, MURABBA

ORANGE JUICE

MALT VINEGAR/ VINEGAR

PROCESSED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

10.BAKERY & CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTS

BISCUITS

READY TO EAT -PROTEIN RICH – EXTRUDED FOODS

BREAD (ALL TYPES OF BREAD)

SUGAR BOILED CONFECTIONARY

GENERAL PARAMETERS IN BAKERY / CONFECTIONERY PRODUCTS

CHEWING GUM AND BUBBLE GUM

NAMKEEN

CHOCOLATE

PROTEIN ENRICHED BISCUIT

TOFFEE

11. NUT AND NUT PRODUCTS

GROUNDNUT

PEANUT

12 . MEAT  AND MEAT PRODUCTS

CANNED CORNED BEEF

CANNED CHICKEN

CANNED LUNCHEON MEAT

CANNED MUTTON AND GOAT MEAT

CANNED COOKED HAM

FROZEN MUTTON , CHICKEN,GOAT AND BUFFALO MEAT

CANNED CHOPPED MEAT

FISH AND FISH PRODUCT

13.TOBACCO AND TOBACCO PRODUCTS

CHEWING TOBACCO

RAW TOBACCO

PAN MASALA

14. ALCOHOLIC & NON ALCOHOLIC DRINKS/BEVERAGES

BEER

WINE

RUM

 JUICES

CARBONATE BEVERAGES

CONCENTRATES

15. EDIBLE SALT

COMMON SALT

IODIZED SALT

VACUUM EVAPORATED IODIZED SALT

16. ANIMAL FEED 

    PET FOOD

   FISH MEAL 

    POULTRY FEED

   COMPOUNDED FEEDS FOR CATTLE 

17. SNACKS & READY TO EAT FOODS

PACKED/CANNED GULAB JAMUN

READY TO EAT SNACKS

PAPAD

ROASTED GROUND NUT/PEANUT KERNELS

POTATO FRENCH FRIES

CANNED RASOGOLLA SPECIFICATION

18. FOOD PACKAGING MATERIAL TESTING

OVERALL MIGRATION TEST IN PLASTIC MATERIAL AND OTHER ARTICLES

Overall Migration and Specific migration for articles coming in contact with foodstuffs as per EU and USFDA requirements

CORRUGATED FIBREBOARD BOX TESTING

FOOD GRADE PACKING & WRAPPING PAPER

19. NUTRITIONAL LABELLING

BISCUIT AND COOKIES

BAKERY PRODUCTS

DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS

CAKES

DAIRY PRODUCTS

PROTEIN POWDER

NAMKEEN

MEAT AND MEAT PRODUCTS

MALT BASED FOOD (MALT FOOD)

CHIPS

CANDIES AND SWEET

HEALTH DRINK

READY TO EAT FOODS

PICKLES,SAUCES

INFANT FOOD

COOKED FOOD

MACARONI PRODUCTS

PROCESSED FOODS

SPICES

 

 

20. FOOD ADULTERANTS ANALYSIS

MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS

SPICES

OILS AND FATS etc.

21. FOOD ADDTIVES ANALYSIS

PRSERVATIVES

ANTIOXIDANTS

ARTIFICAL SWEETNER etc.

22. SHELF LIFE STUDY IN FOOD AND FOOD PRODUCTS

PHYSICAL PARAMETERS

CHEMICAL PARAMETERS

ORGANOLEPTIC PARAMETERS/SENSORY PARAMETERS

MICROBIOLOGICAL PARAMETERS etc.

FATTY ACIDS AND CHLOSTEROL  ANALYSIS

BISCUIT AND COOKIES

NAMKEEN

READY TO EAT FOODS

PROCESSED FOOD etc.

OIL AND GHEE

CHIPS

COOKED FOOD

PESTICIDE RESIDUE  ANALYSIS IN FOOD AND FOOD PRODUCTS

ORGANOCHLORINE

PYRETHROID

ORGANONITROGEN COMPOUND etc.

ORGANOPHOSPHOURS

CARBAMATES

VITAMINS  ANALYSIS IN FOOD PRODUCTS LIKE DAIRY, HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS etc

VITAMIN A

VITAMIN B2

VITAMIN B6

VITAMIN E

VITAMIN B1

VITAMIN B3

VITAMIN D

SUGAR PROFILE ANALYSIS IN FOOD PRODUCTS LIKE SUGAR AND SUGAR PRODUCTS,HONEY, BAKERY PRODUCTS,PROCESS FOOD PRODUCTS

GLUCOSE

SUCROSE

MALTOSE

LACTOSE

FRUCTOSE

MYCOTOXINS/CROP CONTAMINANTS FOOD GRAINS AND CEREAL AND CEREALS PRODUCTS etc.

AGARIC ACID

SAFFROLE

HYPERCINE

HYDROCYANIC ACID

URIC ACID etc..

AFLATOXINS B1, B2 & TOTAL, M1, Pataulin, Ochratoxin etc.

FOOD GRAINS

MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS

CEREAL AND CEREAL PRODUCTS

PULSES etc.

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