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Stable Isotope Analysis

The stable isotope team specialises in natural abundance measurements of the bio-elements (HCNOS) to establish the authenticity and origin of foods and other materials, where provenance and traceability are of importance. The team also collaborates with other Fera programmes to apply stable isotope analysis to study migration, food webs, and animal and timber trade issues.

honey, manuka honey, testing, analytical services

Examples include:

  • Differentiating the geographical origin of British beef to assess Protected Geographical Indication and Protected Designation of Origin labels
  • Differentiating the origin of premium long grain rice
  • Detecting the addition of sugar to wine and the dilution of wine with water
  • Distinguishing between freshly squeezed fruit juices and those made from concentrate
  • Distinguishing between organic and conventional cultivation of crops (e.g. tomatoes and sweet peppers)
  • Distinguishing between natural and synthetic flavours (e.g. vanilla), aromas and food additives

Key Capabilities

  • We have extensive scope of UKAS (ISO17025) accredited tests with the ability to obtain the necessary UKAS accreditation with our 'flexible scope' approach
  • Specialists in unusual matrices, method development and validation
  • Technical advice and support pre and post analysis
  • Fera is the National Reference Laboratory in 7 different areas
Consultancy - if you have questions about honey product development, market acceptance, the regulatory environment, sometimes it requires another experienced person or team to help pull things together and move them ahead. Fera's consultancy service is made up of senior scientists who have broad and deep experience in the honey industry that we can bring to bear on your research project which goes beyond analysis and scientific expertise.

Contact Us

To speak with us about this services, or for any other services, please contact the Customer Service Group on +44 (0)300 100 0323 or e-mail us at

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Contact Us - Routine Food Testing

T: +44 (0)300 100 0323

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Food Sample Submission Form

Download our Sample submission form here: Food Generic Sample Submission Form

  • Specific Tests - Contaminants, Mycotoxins, Authenticty & Residues
  • Volume Discounts available for maximum batch quantities
  • Extensive scope of UKAS (ISO17025) accredited tests

Food Brochure

Download the latest brochure here Food Integrity & Traceability brochure

  • Extensive scope of UKAS (ISO17025) accredited tests
  • National Reference Laboratory Status
  • Extensive range of experts & multiplex testing where possible

National Reference Laboratory

We are the National Reference Laboratory for:

  • Food, Feed and Food Contact Materials
  • Pesticide Residues
  • Veterinary Medicine Residues