The CEN Technical Report CEN/TR 17674 provides an overview of existing applications of isotope ratio analysis of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen that are relevant to the analysis of biobased feedstocks, products and production processes. This Technical Report validates the geographic origin and/or isotopic fingerprint of natural flavors, food products and feedstocks. CEN/TR 17674, however, does not provide validation of whether a product is biobased (naturally sourced) or not.
In an article published recently in the Asia & Middle East Food Trade Journal, Beta Analytic described the use of Carbon-14 analysis as a tool to identify economically motivated adulteration in natural ingredients.
In an article published recently in Personal Care Europe, Beta Analytic’s marketing specialist Haley Gershon described the value of Carbon-14 testing in the growing essential oils industry as a tool to help stop the spread of synthetic, petrochemical-derived ingredients erroneously labeled as “natural”.
Ingredient adulteration and mislabeling of flavors and fragrances are often due to consumer demand for naturally sourced ingredients, the relatively high prices for these commodities, and the often limited availability of plant material. In a recent article, Beta Analytic Marketing Specialist Haley Gershon describes how carbon-14 testing provides reassurance that ingredient origin of flavors and […]
Beta Analytic’s marketing specialist Haley Gershon offers insight into identifying adulterated or synthetic materials to professionals in the fragrance industry. Adulteration of aroma materials, including essential oils and botanical ingredients, is increasingly becoming a concern in the fragrance industry as it is cheaper to use synthetic materials instead of natural ingredients. This leads to the […]
In an article published recently in Nutritional Outlook, Beta Analytic’s Marketing Specialist Haley Gershon described the value of Carbon-14 testing in the food and flavors industry as a tool in identifying economic adulteration in natural products.
ISO 17025-accredited Beta Analytic presented the results of its garlic oil case study in an article published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The lab tested five commercially available garlic oil — four were labeled as “natural” and one sample was clearly labeled as “artificial”. All five samples passed GC-MS testing. However, Carbon-14 […]
In a recent issue of Perfumer & Flavorist, Beta Analytic Marketing Specialist Haley Gershon described how carbon-14 analysis can be used to screen for synthetic petrochemical-derived adulterants in essential oils like peppermint oil.
Menthol is a compound that is used across many industries from confectionary to pharmaceutical products. Its popularity and range of applications stems from its activation of cold-sensitive human tissue receptors. There are both natural and synthetic sources of menthol available today, with synthetic menthol expected to see increasing market growth.
As natural products become more popular, so follows the increasing incentive for adulteration. There are many testing methods available to help authenticate natural products. However, owing to the complexity of many natural products and new adulteration methods, there is no single test that can guarantee 100% authenticity.
Economically motivated adulteration of bitter almond oil is a major concern in the food and beverage industry. Quality control teams need a stringent method to confirm if their bitter almond oil ingredient is natural or has been artificially made from petrochemical derivatives. Although there are several techniques that can detect adulteration, only carbon-14 analysis can […]
Garlic oil is vulnerable to economically motivated adulteration and misleading or false labeling. ISO 17025-accredited natural products testing lab Beta Analytic selected garlic oil as subject of a case study precisely because of these reasons and to highlight the need for strict quality control measures for essential oils.
The definition of “natural” has been a popular topic for years following the growing interest in natural products. The claim lacks clear regulation in many industries, resulting in ambiguity for consumers seeking natural products. While regulations catch up with trends, it is important for businesses with natural products to be able to offer clarity for […]
Raspberry ketone has long been used in the flavor and fragrance industry for its characteristic fruity aroma and more recently as a dietary supplement. Its scientific name is 4-(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-butanone and it can either be extracted from raspberries or synthesized. Natural product analysis based on Carbon-14 testing is a useful tool for verifying whether raspberry ketone […]
Tartaric acid is an organic acid that has wide applications, including as an acidulant in the food and drinks industry and in pharmaceuticals. It has particular importance in the winemaking process. It exists in several forms with L(+)-tartaric acid being the form that is used commercially.
As consumers place growing importance on “natural” ingredients, there are increasing instances of synthetic alternatives, which are often cheaper, being used in place of the more expensive naturally sourced products. Alongside this trend is a growing concern among consumers regarding the use of petroleum-sourced synthetic materials.
Beta Analytic Global Operations Manager Jasmine Garside discusses in a Natural Products Insider article how Carbon-14 analysis can substantiate natural claims in flavors and fragrances and why companies should incorporate the analytical test in their quality assurance programs.
According to ISO 17025-accredited natural product testing lab Beta Analytic, Carbon-14 analysis is an ideal tool for the flavor and fragrance industry to address challenges in demonstrating the natural source of products in a reproducible manner. Through Carbon-14 analysis, petrochemical adulteration of flavors and fragrance oils can be easily detected.