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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.
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
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
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.
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