Institute of Applied Science

IAS




Food

1.1 Foods

  • Dairy products
  • Meat and Meat Products and Poultry
  • Cereals
  • Edible oils, fats and derived products
  • Nuts, fruits, vegetables and derived products
  • Sauces, herbs, spices and condiments
  • Sugar and sugar confectionery
  • Fish and fish products
  • Eggs and egg products
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Food additives and supplement
  • Animal feeds
  • Other specified fresh foods (root crops e.g. cassava, dalo)
  • Other specified preserved foods (honey, noni-juice, glazed ginger, sugar-coated ginger, potato chips, banana & breadfruit chips)

 

Food and Feeds can be tested for:

  • Nutritional content and the also for the purpose of nutritional information panels
  • Minerals & Vitamins content analysis
  • Food Safety monitoring

 

Nutritional Information Panels (NIPs)

A Nutrition Information Panel (NIP) is a table that lists the average quantities of seven key components of food and is required on most packaged foods. The quantities are given per serving and per 100 grams (g) or milliliters (mL). NIPs can be used to compare foods, allowing consumers to choose foods which are lower in fat, saturated fat, sugar and sodium.
Our analysis provides accurate information about the nutrient composition of a product. Testing for NIPs includes:

  • Sodium
  • Ash
  • Carbohydrate (by difference)
  • Dietary fibre (soluble, insoluble and total)
  • Energy
  • Fat
  • Moisture
  • Protein
  • Total sugars
  • Saturated fat
  • Cholesterol
  • Trans fatty acids

 

Mineral Analysis

Testing for minerals includes:

  • Toxic / heavy metals (Lead, Mercury, Cadmium)
  • Trace elements (chromium)
  • Other minerals (sodium, potassium, calcium &  iron)

 

Vitamin Analysis

Testing for Vitamin in Food, Dairy, Raw material and premix includes:

  • Vitamin A retinol & carotenes
  • Vitamin B thiamine and riboflavin
  • Vitamin C ascorbic acid

 

Food Safety Monitoring

Food for human consumption must be safe and does not pose any risks to health.  For this reason, food manufacturers are required to monitor and test their products for micro-organisms that may have potential to pose a risk to humans. The testing criteria are largely specified by overseas markets that the products are being exported to and also to fulfill domestic market regulations.
Some of the accredited food safety tests done by the IAS Laboratory Services are:
    Campylobacter jejuni
    Coliforms (Total & Faecal)
    Escherichia coli
    Salmonella species
    Yeasts and Moulds
    Aerobic Plate Count
    Bacillus cereus (presumptive)
    Enterobacteriaceae
    Staphylococcus aureus

Non-accredited tests but for which quality control checks are applied are:

    Listeria species
    Listeria monocytogenes
    Salmonella
    Vibrio parahaemolyticus

 

Fish & Fish Products Testing for the European Union Market

For exporting purposes to the European Union (EU), the IAS Laboratory Services offers accredited tests for fish & fish products such as Histamine in Fish, Lead, Cadmium & Mercury in Fish, coagulase positive Staphylococci in fish and other microbiological tests as listed on  (IAS Price List).
European Union assessors have over the years visited and assessed the IAS Laboratory for competence in analysis of fish & fish products exported to the EU.  As a result IAS Laboratory Services is a designated EU laboratory for analyzing fish & fish products destined for the EU in the South West Pacific.

 

Kava Testing

Kava testing for exporting purposes is also available.  Available tests are lactones and moisture.

 

For more information, contact us on:

Name: Usaia Dolodolotawake

Title: Lab Manager

Unit: Laboratory Services

Email: usaia.dolodolotawake(at)usp.ac.fj

Contact: +679 32 32967



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