14. Cereals & Infant Foods - EFRAC | Drug, Food, Gas, Proficiency Testing Laboratory
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    Cereals & Cereal Foods

    Rice & Wheat are Cereal staples for humans and livestock feed in most countries and also constitute raw material for many of our foods and certain beverages. Others are rye, oats, barley, maize, triticale, millet, sorghum and soybean (though it is a legume). Cereals contain carbohydrate, protein, fiber and micronutrients- Vitamins E & B, Magnesium and Zinc. Milling and like processes yield wheat, rye, and oat flours and semolina, cornmeal, corn grits used to prepare breakfast cereals, pasta, snack foods, dry mixes, cakes, pastries, tortillas and as batters and coatings, thickeners and sweeteners, processed meats, infant foods, confectionary products, and beverages such as beer.

    Contamination of Cereals by rodent hair and excreta, bolting and dressing the said wheat meal on account of humidity, temperature, sunlight, frost, soil conditions, wind, insect, bird and rodent activity, harvesting equipment, use of pesticides and during storage and handling.

    EFRAC offers full spectrum of testing & analytics for Cereals and Cereal foods for meeting the requirements of the clients. With superior infrastructural and technological power, our research lab has been offering accurate results at minimum risks. At EFRAC, the food analysis division engage in a wide range of analysis for providing quality testing to the clients in order to ensure complete food safety for future generations.

    Infant Food

    Infant Food provides energy and the nutrients which are needed by the babies to be healthy. Infant nutrition is a mandatory factor for child’s continuous health from birth to adulthood. Indian Regulator FSSAI, defines “Infant Food” as a product prepared by spray drying of the milk of cow or buffalo or a mixture thereof. Product modification may be effected by partial removal /substitution of different milk solids, carbohydrates such as sucrose, dextrose and dextrin/maltodextrin, maltose and lactose, salts like phosphates and citrates, vitamins A, C, D, E, B or others and minerals like iron, copper, zinc and iodine.

    Safety of food meant for babies and young children is critical on account of their low body weight and increased sensitivity. Limits applicable to toxic residues in infant food are significantly lower than those for adults. Heavy Metal contaminants and mycotoxin levels may fluctuate and are difficult to regulate.

    EFRAC has world-class laboratory services, all of which operate with strict adherence, guidelines such as ISO 17025. With superior infrastructural and technological power, EFRAC has been offering successful food testing results to their clients. At EFRAC the dedicated analytical team is equipped with the necessity state-of-the-art facilities and technical expertise to ensure complete food safety for future generations.

    PARAMETERS

    • Physical Analysis (Husk, Straws, Weed seeds & other Inedible grains and paddy (for Rice) • Toxic seeds (Argemone, Mexicana, Kesari)
    • Ergot affected grain & Kernel bunt grains • Weevilled grains • Textural properties • Viscosity • Chemical Analysis (Uric Acid, Aflatoxin, DON-wheat only)
    • Benzoyl peroxide • Potassium bromate • Hexane (Food grade) • Sesame flour (Oxalic Acid) • Cottonseed flour (Available Lysine, Free & Total Gossypol •
    Nutritional Analysis (Crude Fibre, Total Protein, Ascorbic Acid) • Proximate Analysis (Granularity, Moisture, Total Ash, Ash insoluble in dilute HCl),
    Alcoholic acidity Analysis • Allergen Analysis (Gluten) • Heavy metals & Pesticide residues • Mycotoxins (Aflatoxins & Ochratoxins), Microbiological Analysis

    WET CHEMISTRY:

    • Moisture • Milk Protein & Fat • Total & Insoluble Ash • Solubility Index • Total dietary fibre

    INSTRUMENT (HPLC):

    • Vitamins- A,C, D, K, B12 • Thiamine • Niacin • Riboflavin • Pyridoxine • Pantothenic • Amino acid Profile • Carnitine • Antioxidants • Artificial Sweetener • Artificial Colour

    INSTRUMENT (UV):

    • Phosphorous

    INSTRUMENT (GC)

    • Cholesterol • Fatty acids

    OTHER PARAMETERS:

     • Heavy metal Analysis  • Folic Acid • Biotin • Sodium • Potassium • Calcium • Magnesium  • Iron • Iodine • Copper • Zinc • Manganese • Selenium •

    Chloride • Melamine • Carotenoid • Fluorine • Lysozyme   • Taurine • Zearalenone • Nucleotides

    METHOD OF ANALYSIS

    • FSSAI Laboratory Manual • IS • ISO • AOAC • DIN EN • APHA • AOCS

    INSTRUMENTS

    • HPLC • GC-FID • GC-MS • LC-MS • UPLC • ICP-MS • ICP-OES • AAS • IC • ELISA