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Gas Chromatography



Volatile molecules play a considerable role in the taste of food. As such Fera undertake non-targeted analysis of samples to detect the source of any unwanted tastes or smells that may damage the quality of products, which in turn, negatively impact businesses and their brands.

To achieve this detailed analysis, Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) tools are used to identify any volatile molecules present and their quantities through detailed headspace analysis.

Headspace analysis is not limited to the identification of unknowns. It is integral to various chemical studies including the fate and behaviour of molecules. This technique can be used within these studies to document the effects of samples on the outside environment, and vice versa.

This method is used extensively within our food contact testing capabilities, where our experts focus on documenting the effects of planned or unplanned chemical changes from contact with external materials. This technique gives a high degree of detail to pinpoint the source of the issue.

We make use of our extensive datasets within our numerous detection methods. By building a long term picture to compare and contrast sample results against, we can identify trends and build an invaluable understanding of individual molecules within differing situations. This allows us to compile detailed and complete reports for our customers to action with confidence and clarity.

GC is used as just one asset within our wider testing capabilities. By utilising a range of technologies we can create an overall, strong, multi-disciplinary snapshot of our samples. By combining our expertise we can provice extensive quality assurance to our customers.

Food contact materials can provide unforeseen risks when dealing with packaging materials. Individual molecules in packaging can react with food in unforeseen ways, such as degraded packaging materials contaminating foodstuffs, or processes within packaging or creation adding unwanted elements to the food. These will all affect product quality dramatically, in extreme cases rendering products unfit for consumption. This can damage businesses and brands considerably. Fera can isolate these problems and protect your business from continued foodstuff contamination. Contact us today to find out how we can help protect your food products.