The Spice IndustryCertified Laboratories is a recognized leader in the areas of spice and seasoning testing. The Laboratory is accredited to ISO 17025 and has an extensive scope for all spice analysis. Our scope of work includes most of the ASTA methods. As a leader in Food and Drug Administration (FDA Detention without Physical Examination) related testing, our work is accepted by all FDA districts.
The presence of extraneous matter (filth) in spices has long been a major concern of the industry and of FDA. “Filth” can best be described as the extraneous matters left behind by contaminants of the products. These include whole insects, excreta, rodent hairs, and feather barbules. Certified Laboratories stays current with changing FDA methodology and Defect Action Levels (DAL’s), enabling us to tell you quickly and accurately whether or not your shipment will pass the rigid FDA and ASTA standards established for “Filth”.
The ASTA sanitation program also includes testing of oregano for sumac and other adulterants. We are proud to have been part of the working group that established and validated the current method for ASTA.
Light Filth/Microscopic Analysis
With the increased importation of ground spices, and the need to evaluate other commodities for filth, we utilize micro-analytical techniques. By using separation techniques and skilled element identification, a great deal can be discovered about the conditions under which your products were held and produced.
- Acid and Acid-Insoluble Ash
- Cinnamic Aldehyde
- Color (ASTA)
- Crude Fiber
- Heat by HPLC
- Propylene Oxide
- Sieve Analysis
- Steam Volatile Oil (SVO)
- Sudan Dyes
Chemical Residue Testing
Ethylene Oxide (ETO) & Its Byproducts
To help in deciding which method is most applicable, refer to the table below:
|Analyte||Method||Lowest Level of Detection||Highest Level of Detection||Best Used For|
|ETO||Tateo||10 ppb||2.5 ppm||Compliance with EU/German Requirements|
|ETO||ASTA 23.2||1-5 ppm||1000||Verification of Compliance with US Law|
|ECH||Tateo||20 ppb||10 ppm||Compliance with EU/German Requirements|
|ECH||ASTA 23.3||Approximately 50-100 ppm||>2000 ppm||Verification of Compliance with US and Canadian Rules|
|ECH||Tateo||100-200 ppb||Approximately 50 ppm||Intermediate Levels of ECH|