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Carbon-14 Analysis Enhances Quality Control for Natural Products

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 carbon-14 analysis, manufacturers and raw material suppliers, distributors, consumers and regulatory bodies can:

  • Validate natural source claims
  • Identify adulterated or fraudulent “natural” flavor and fragrance products
  • Obtain data vital during R&D phase of product development

Carbon-14 Analysis Complements Other Tests

There are several test methods that quality control and quality assurance departments use to detect adulteration. However, only carbon-14 analysis can identify if there are petrochemical-derived synthetic adulterants in a product claiming to be 100% natural.

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Products that are 100% biobased are 100% sourced from plants, animals or microbiological materials. Carbon-14 analysis measures the exact percentage of carbon in a material that comes from biomass.

Beta Analytic currently reports results for natural products source testing according to international standards ASTM D6866 and ISO 16620-2, both of which are based on carbon-14 analysis.

Further Reading:

What does carbon-14 testing reveal about B vitamins? – Nutraceuticals Now (November 2017)
Quality Assurance Testing: Is your Garlic Oil Natural? – Nutraceuticals World (November 2017)
Carbon-14 Analysis and Dietary Supplements – Nutritional Outlook (October 2017)
Verifying Natural Ingredients Via Carbon-14 Testing – Personal Care Magazine (September 2017)
A Closer Look at Garlic Oil: Verifying Naturality – Perfumer & Flavorist (July 2017)
How to Back Up Clean Label Claims – Food Ingredients First (June 2017)
Carbon-14 Analysis Helps Verify ‘Natural’ Claims – Natural Products Insider (March 2017)
Natural Source Testing for Flavors and Fragrances – Perfumer & Flavorist (December 2016)

Take Advantage of Beta Analytic’s Expertise!

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Test results in only 5-7 business days

The lab routinely delivers results in only 5-7 business days. A priority service is available for results required in 4 business days or less. Results can be accessed online 24/7 including QA reports and sample photos.

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Pioneers in biobased carbon testing

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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High-quality technical consultation

Beta Analytic has unparalleled expertise with complex biobased samples. The lab provides client support in several languages, including Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish.

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Tracer-free laboratory

Beta Analytic is a natural-level radiocarbon lab and does not accept pharmaceutical samples containing tracer levels of Carbon-14 to eliminate the risk of cross-contamination.

Is your Product Natural? Prove it!

For reliable, accurate and fast natural product source testing, always choose Beta Analytic.Contact Us