Analytical Services

Quality Control

Quality data is of great importance to us.  We participate in international proficiency programs AAFCO (USA), RCPA (Australia), IAG (Belgium), Global MilkChek (NZ) & NZ Feed Testing Round Robin.  Following a rigid quality control program we use intra-laboratory checks and calibration standards, in which we pride ourselves upon.

The use of recognized methodology from AOAC, FDA, ISO and other regulatory agencies, ensures that standard procedures are followed.

Specialising in analysis of food, pet food, plant and animal products we provide a range of assays including:

  • Amino acid profiles
  • Fatty acid profiles
  • Rancidity
  • Calorific content
  • ELISA assays
  • Total dietary fibre (soluble & insoluble)
  • NDF
  • ADF
  • Crude fibre
  • Reactive lysine / lysine
  • Resistant starch
  • Starch
  • Lignin
  • Fat
  • Protein
  • Shelf life testing
  • Hormones
  • Metabolites
  • Enzymes
  • β glucan
  • And many more

Sample types including:

  • Food Products
  • Dairy Products
  • Meat
  • Herbal Remedies and Spices
  • Shelf Life
  • Pet Foods
  • Animal Feed
  • Grasses/Forage
  • Serum, Plasma and Urine
  • Beverages
  • Cosmetics

Analyses available:

The Nutrition Laboratory offers a wide range of analytical tests on various products:

  • Amino acid profiles
  • Antibody quantitation (ELISA)
  • Antioxidants
  • Ash/organic matter
  • Carbohydrate
  • Condensed tannin
  • Crude fibre
  • Dietary markers, eg titanium, chromium
  • Energy/metabolisable energy
  • Dietary fibre (total, insoluble, soluble)
  • Fat
  • Fatty acid profile (includes omega-3, omega-6, saturated, polyunsaturated, trans etc.)
  • Fibre - NDP/ADF/Lignin, hemicellose, cellulose
  • Microbiological
  • Minerals
  • Moisture (oven or vacuum oven method)
  • Osmolarity
  • Pathogens (includes Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus)
  • pH
  • Phytic acid
  • Protein
  • Shelf life
  • Starch
  • Sugars (total soluble sugars & individual)
  • Total solids
  • Total plate count
  • Trans fatty acids
  • Vitamins
  • Water activity
  • Biochemical/Physiological Assays

Vitamins

  • Beta carotene
  • Choline
  • Folic Acid
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D (D3)
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

Minerals

  • Aluminium
  • Arsenic
  • Boron
  • Calcium
  • Cadmium
  • Cobalt
  • Chromium
  • Chloride
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Iodine
  • Lead
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Mercury
  • Molybdenum
  • Nickel
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Selenium
  • Sodium
  • Sulphur
  • Zinc

Biochemical / Physiological Assays

  • ACE
  • Albumin
  • Alkaline & acid phosphatase
  • Ammonia
  • β-hydroxybutyrate
  • Calcium
  • Cholesterol
  • Creatine
  • Creatinine
  • Ferric reducing ability of plasma
  • Fructose
  • Glutamyl-transferase
  • Glucose
  • Inorganic phosphate
  • Lactic acid
  • Lactose
  • Magnesium
  • Maltose
  • Melatonin
  • Non-esterfied fatty acids
  • Phospholipids
  • Sucrose
  • Total protein
  • Triglycerides
  • Urea
  • Uric acid
  • IGF-1
  • Insulin
  • Testosterone
  • T3
  • T4
  • Progesterone
  • Cortisol
  • PTH (parathyroid hormone)
  • Estradiol
  • 25-OH vitamin D3

NB: Where necessary, some tests are subcontracted to approved testing laboratories.

The following immunoassays are available, using Bioplex coated bead technology. Enquire for further information.

Species - some or all of the following: human, mouse, canine, feline, rat, bovine.

Cytokines: IL-1α, IL-1β, IL-2, IL-3 etc
TNFα, Eotaxin, MCP-1, TGFβ1 etc.
Bone Metabolism: IL-6, ACTH, Insulin, Leptin, TNFα, Adiponectin, Osteocalcin etc
Cancer Biomarker: MIF, Leptin, Prolactin, IGF-II, Osteopontin, CA-125
Metabolic: Amylin, Ghrelin, GIP, GLP-I, IL-6, Glucagon, Leptin, Insulin, PYY, PAI-1, NGF, C-Peptide etc
Endocrine: T3, T4, TSH, Prolactin, Melatonin, TSH, FSH, corticosterone, Amylin, GH etc
Gut Hormone: Amylin, Ghrelin, GIP, GLP-1, Insulin, Leptin, PYY, Pancreatic Polypeptide
Cardiovascular Disease: Troponin, TNFα, Fibrinogen, Adiponectin, Apo AI etc, IL-6, IL-8, VEGF, MCP-1

Method development available by request.

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