Products that are 100% sourced from nature (“natural products”) are often more expensive than their synthetic counterparts. As a result, some companies may be inclined to mislabel artificial alternatives that are usually petroleum-derived as natural products. Through ISO 16620-2 natural product source testing, manufacturers and raw material suppliers, distributors, consumers, and regulatory bodies can:
Obtain an accurate third-party analytical report showing the percentage of components in the product derived from biobased sources as opposed to synthetic or fossil-derived sources.
Biobased analysis (Carbon-14 method) differentiates natural products from their petrochemically-derived counterparts. For example, the mislabelling of synthetic vanillin as natural vanilla can be reliably detected.
Obtain data that is vital during R&D phase of product development. Optimize and measure your biobased content over time as fossil/synthetic content is phased out.
For more information, read Beta Analytic’s articles:
“How to Back Up Clean Label Claims” in Food Ingredients First (June 2017)
“Carbon-14 Analysis Helps Verify ‘Natural’ Claims” in Natural Products Insider (March 2017)
“Natural Source Testing for Flavors and Fragrances” in Perfumer & Flavorist (December 2016)
ISO 16620-2 is an international standard that includes Carbon-14 analysis to measure the exact percentage of carbon in a material that comes from renewable sources or biomass. Results for natural products source testing are reported according to ISO 16620-2 8.3.2: biobased carbon content as a fraction of total carbon (TC). The ISO 16620-2 report does not include information on whether the natural product is sourced from plants, animals, or microbiological materials; instead it indicates the natural or synthetic origin of the carbon.
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The lab was one of the key developers of the first standard to determine the biobased content of products using the radiocarbon method (ASTM D6866) and has been technical adviser to all major biobased standardization initiatives worldwide including ISO 16620-2.
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