Custom analytical testing to solve atypical production challenges

Sometimes, things don’t go as planned; but how you choose to handle the challenge is what sets you apart from the rest. At FACTS, our analytical department specializes in handling unusual cases. This team uses a wide range of scientific tools, specialised skill sets and some ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking to solve the atypical challenges that arise periodically in food production.

An example of such a challenge is the identification of a foreign object found in a product. In order to prevent reoccurrence, you must establish the foreign object’s identity and origin. Our team uses several analytical techniques – and specialised equipment – to identify foreign objects, with the approach used depending on the object matrix and where it was found. These techniques include light microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (SEM/XRF), and more.

Another example of a production challenge requiring bespoke testing is when there has been some type of contamination incident: you may have to establish whether a product is still fit for consumption, or must be discarded. In such a case, chromatographic techniques coupled with mass spectrometry are generally used to create a profile of the pure contaminant, and thereafter to establish if the contaminant is present in the sample, and at what concentration. Based on these results, our expert team will make a recommendation as to whether the product should be discarded or not.

If you experience any of these challenges, or feel you may need a custom analysis solution of any kind, please contact us at [email protected].