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Comprehensive Vitamins and Minerals Service

Minerals and Vitamins

Fortified food products are becoming increasingly popular with consumers as they become more conscious about the relationship between their diet and health. With newer, tighter legislation and restrictions being introduced by the EU, food manufacturers must be confident that their claims are based on accurate and reliable results.

Premier Analytical’s Comprehensive Vitamins and Minerals Service offers rapid, reliable and accurate results on which to base your claims.

At Premier Analytical Services, one of the leading food testing laboratories in Europe, we understand how important claims are when it comes to the promotion of your fortified food products. This is why we endeavour to provide you with a quality service which offers:

  • Consultancy advice
  • Comprehensive scope of UKAS accredited analyses
  • Rapid, reliable results and interpretation
  • In house shelf-life tests to study the degradation of vitamins under a controlled environment.

Our Comprehensive Vitamins and Minerals Service, a quality service tailored to meet your needs

All part of the comprehensive vitamins and minerals service

Consultancy Advice

Minerals and Vitamins

The Commission of the European Communities has recently released a proposal on regulating the addition of minerals and vitamins to foods and the nutritional labelling required for such products. This is becoming an increasingly complex area wherein the potential for error is very high. Premier Analytical Services can help you get it right first time by offering you expert advice that will answer questions such as:

  • What substances can be added to foods?
  • What are the maximum and minimum amounts for each vitamin and mineral that can be added to foods?
  • Do the claims you make on pack or in advertising trigger compulsory nutrition labelling?
  • What should be included in the declaration
  • and what format and layout should be used?

Vitamins are unstable substances that are easily destroyed, either during manufacture or whilst the product is on-shelf. Premier Analytical Services can help you plan and carry out extensive shelf-life tests on your products to study the “survival” of the vitamins under a controlled environment.

Analysis

Minerals and Vitamins

Premier Analytical Services offers an extensive range of minerals and vitamin methods which are all accredited by UKAS to the ISO 17025 standard.

Vitamins:

  • All of our analyses are performed by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) or LC/MS/MS which means that our results are obtained much quicker and are more accurate than microbiological methods
  • Our simple extraction procedures are always completed in one day which ensures minimum oxidation of the vitamins and rapid reporting of results
  • Results are routinely provided within 10 days of sample receipt. This can be reduced to 2-3 days should your circumstances require an urgent response

Minerals and Vitamins

Minerals:

  • The Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) is our instrument of choice for our analyses in this area, due to its accuracy and its ability to measure multi elements simultaneously
  • Results are routinely provided within 5 days of sample receipt. A faster turnaround can be provided should your circumstances require an urgent response

Interpretation:

What the results mean and advice on any course of action that may be required – all providing you with a Comprehensive Minerals and Vitamins Service.

Vitamins Reference Nutrient Intake 1 Tolerable Upper Intake Level 2
Fat soluble:
Vitamin A 800µg/day 3000mg/day for adults. Should be restricted to 1500mg/day for postmenopausal women.
Vitamin D 5µg/day for adults 50µg/day for adults
Vitamin E 12mg/day for adults  300mg/day for adults.

Water soluble: 

Vitamin C 80mg/day Not established due to lack of appropiate data. Estimated maximum intake of 3160mg/day by EGVM.
Niacin (B3)

16mg Niacin/day as nicotinamide

900mg/day as nicotinamide, but only 10mg.day as nicotinic acid (causes flushing)
Thiamin (B1) 1.1mg/day. Not established due to the lack of appropriate data
(estimated maximum intake of 303mg/day by EGVM).
Riboflavin(B2) 1.4mg/day. Not established due to the lack of appropriate data
(estimated maximum intake of 103mg/day by EGVM).
Vitamin B6 1.4mg/day. 25mg/day for adults.
Folic acid 200 µg/day. 1mg/day for adults.
Vitamin B12 2.5µg/day. No adverse effects produced by B12 ­that can be used to derive an upper level (estimated maximum intake of 3mg/day by EGVM).
Minerals Reference Nutrient Intake 1 Tolerable Upper Intake Level 2
Calcium 800mg/day. 2500mg/day for adults.
Magnesium 375mg/day. 250mg/day for adults established for readily dissociable magnesium salts due to laxative effects.
Iron   14mg/day. Estimated maximum intake of 44mg/day by EGVM.  
Copper 1mg/day for adults. 5mg/day for adults.
Manganese   2mg/day.   Estimated maximum intake of 18mg/day by EGVM).
Sodium 1500mg/day for adults. UK Government advise salt consumption should not exceed 6g/day, equivalent to 2400mg sodium/day.
Potassium 2000mg/day for adults. Estimated maximum intake of 4900mg/day by EGVM).
Phosphorus 700mg/day. Estimated maximum intake of 3200mg/day by EGVM).
Zinc 10mg/day. 25mg/day for adults.

 

1 Reference Intake (RI) is the amount of a nutrient that is required to meet the daily needs of a typical adult, as set out in Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers. These values are required to be used for all food labelling purposes within the EU. RIs for specific population groups (such as children) have not yet been set by the EU.

2 These values were all obtained from the Scientific Committee on Food (SCF) report Tolerable Upper Intake Levels for Vitamins & Minerals (2006) unless otherwise stated. The estimated maximum intake values were calculated by adding the 97.5th percentile value of the daily exposure from food and other known sources to the amount obtained through supplements. EGVM = UK Expert Group on Vitamins & Minerals.

 


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