Spice quality testing

Spices or flavors substances of a mineral (salt) or vegetable nature (leaves, seeds, roots, whole or ground fruits) or a preparation thereof (vinegar, oil, essence, extract, paste, sauce, etc.), or obtained by synthesis (flavor, essence), which, added to certain foods or culinary preparations, give them a specific taste or aroma, contribute to their preservation, are used for medicinal purposes, as well as to stimulate appetite and digestion.

Spices played an important economic role in medieval Europe. These were extremely valuable, as they were needed not only for seasoning, but also as a preservative and base for medicines.

The word flavor refers both to substances that give food or products a pleasant taste or smell, and to the emanation of these pleasant-smelling substances (or their taste). Examples of flavors include: limonene, anisole, vanillin, diacetyl, menthol, etc.

Most artificial and natural flavors are made up of organic compounds called esters, which have a pleasant taste and smell, often similar to fruit. Other compounds may be flavorings, such as aldehydes (eg cinnamaldehyde, which gives cinnamon flavor) and hydrocarbons (eg limonene, orange flavor).

  • Chive
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Coriander
  • Cress
  • Ginger
  • Horseradish
  • Chervil
  • Lovage
  • Wild garlic
  • Marjoram
  • Dill
  • Melissa
  • Mint
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Wormwood
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Stevie
  • Tarragon
  • Garlic
  • Anise
  • Paprika
  • Basil
  • Cardamom
  • Black cardamom
  • Hemp, hemp seeds
  • Caraway
  • Cumin
  • Thyme
  • Coriander
  • Cloves
  • Turmeric
  • Bay
  • Pistachio
  • Ginger
  • Allspice
  • Juniper
  • Lovage
  • Poppy seeds
  • Marjoram
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Almond
  • White mustard
  • Black mustard
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Wormwood
  • Pepper
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Kitchen salt
  • Fenugreek
  • Cinnamon
  • Saffron
  • Sesame
  • Tarragon
  • Garlic
  • Vanilla

Therefore, ICA R&D offers you through the laboratories of organoleptic analysis, physico-chemical analysis, microbiology and molecular biology an extensive set of analyzes performed with state-of-the-art equipment to guarantee the best accuracy and sensitivity of the results obtained and to ensures that your product meets and respects the norms and limits of quality and food safety imposed by the legislation in force.

  • Monounsaturated fatty acids
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Omega 6 fatty acids
  • Polyunsaturated fatty acids
  • Saturated fatty acids
  • Trans fatty acids
  • Spect fatty acids
  • Calcium Ca
  • Insoluble dietary fiber
  • Soluble dietary fiber
  • Total dietary fiber
  • Phosphorus
  • Total carbohydrates / carbohydrates available
  • Lipids – fats, fatty substances
  • Magnesium Mg
  • Potassium, K
  • Protein
  • Sodium, Na
  • Energetic value
  • Total sugar, etc.

Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, E, etc.

  • Appearance
  • Exterior appearance
  • Appearance in section
  • Color
  • Shape and dimensions
  • Taste
  • Taste and smell
  • Smell and taste
  • (SO4) 2
  • Acesulfame K
  • Acetic acid
  • Benzoic acid
  • Citric acid
  • Lactic acid
  • Free L-glutamic acid
  • Sorbic acid
  • Acidity
  • Free acidity
  • Acidity related to soluble dry matter
  • Total acidity
  • Volatile acidity
  • Volatile acidity relative to soluble dry matter (along with volatile acidity and SUS)
  • Volatile acidity, expressed as acetic acid
  • Mineral acids
  • Water activity
  • Foaming agent
  • Ethyl alcohol
  • Methylated spirit
  • Ammonia
  • Water and volatile substances
  • Ca2 +
  • CaCl2
  • Caliber
  • CaSO4
  • Ash
  • Ash insoluble in 10% HCl
  • Insoluble ash relative to soluble dry matter (together with insoluble ash and SUS)
  • Total ash
  • Total ash relative to SU (analysis is performed only together with total ash and humidity)
  • Sodium chloride
  • Synthetic dyes (executioner)
  • Foreign bodies
  • Foreign bodies (organic, infestation)
  • Density
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Free sulfur dioxide
  • Total sulfur dioxide
  • ethanol
  • Extract
  • Crude fiber
  • Fibers (by treatment with amylase and neutral detergent)
  • phosphates
  • Glucose
  • Potassium glutamate
  • grit
  • Identification of starch
  • Metallic impurities
  • Mineral impurities
  • Insoluble mineral impurities
  • Peroxide index
  • Sweeteners (acesulfame K / aspartame / saccharin)
  • Infestation
  • Total iodine expressed as KIO3
  • Potassium iodide
  • KIO3
  • Net weight
  • Mg 2+
  • MgCl2
  • MgSO4
  • Na2SO4
  • Nitrates – expressed in nitrate ion
  • Nitrites – expressed as sodium nitrite
  • Number of pieces in the package
  • Phosphorus pentoxide
  • pH
  • Proportion of components
  • Reaction Kreis (Kreis reaction)
  • Sediment (dry residue)
  • Dry substance
  • Soluble dry matter
  • Insoluble substances
  • sulfites
  • Sodium thiosulfate
  • Humidity
  • Humidity and volatile substances
  • THIS value
  • Volume in packaging
  • Direct reducing sugar
  • Saccharin – expressed in free imide
  • Aluminum
  • Arsenic
  • Cadmium
  • Chromium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Mercury
  • Nickel
  • Lead
  • Selenium
  • Tin
  • Zinc, etc.
  • Pesticide package (eg 520 or 674)
  • Organochlorines: α-chlordane, α-HCH, aldrin, total DDT, decachlor-biphenyl, d-HCH, dieldrin, endosulfan, endrin, heptachlor, methoxychlor, tetrachloro-m-xylene, etc.
  • Organochlorine pesticides and pyrethroids
  • Organophosphorus pesticides.
  • Allergens from (hazelnuts, milk, mustard, egg, soy)
  • Gluten
  • Lactose
  • Gliadin
  • Sesame DNA detection, etc.
  • Aflatoxin (B1, M1, total)
  • Deoxynivalenol
  • Fumonisins
  • Ochratoxin A
  • Zearalenone, etc.
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Mesophilic aerobic bacteria
  • Sulfite-reducing anaerobic bacteria
  • Thermophilic anaerobic bacteria
  • Coliform bacteria
  • Mesophilic lactic acid bacteria (30 degrees ° C)
  • Thermophilic acid bacteria without bombardment
  • Lees
  • Yeasts and molds
  • Enterobacteriaceae
  • Escherichia coli
  • Lactobacillus
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Molds
  • Total number of germs
  • Pseudomonas spp.
  • Salmonella
  • Coagulase-positive staphylococcus
  • Qualitative analysis of triple genetically modified organisms
  • 35S promoter
  • NOS terminator
  • transEPSPS
  • Organic acids: formic, citric, tartaric, malic, succinic, lactic, acetic, propionic
  • Water activity
  • Mustard allergens
  • Allergens: Lactose
  • Bariu (Ba)
  • Capsaicin
  • Orange dyes II – Rodhamine B
  • Synthetic dyes – detection
  • Sudan dyes
  • Dyes: E 120 – carminic acid – quantitative
  • Coumarin
  • Radiation detection
  • Determination of the botanical origin of sugars
  • Determination of ionizing radiation
  • Determination of the 13C / 12C isotopic ratio by mass spectrometry
  • Dioxide of
  • Total sulfur dioxide
  • Anhydrous potassium ferrocyanide
  • Phosphate (expressed as P2O5)
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – PAH
  • Disodium inosinate E 631
  • Morphine
  • Pesticides (224 compounds)
  • Pesticides (520 compounds), quaternary ammonium compounds and dithiocarbamates
  • Organochlorine pesticides
  • Piperine
  • Polyols: mannitol, sorbitol, lactitol, maltitol, isomalt, xylitol
  • Sugar profile: Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Maltose, Lactose
  • Radioactivity (Cesium-134 + Cesium-137, Iodine-131)
  • Antibiotic residues for veterinary use -screening
  • Antimony (Sb)
  • Strontium (Sr)
  • Titan (Ti)
  • Validation of the consumption limit time
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

For more information, you can always contact an ICA R&D representative, to provide you with all the necessary information and guide you in choosing the set of analyzes you need so that we can then make you an offer of services appropriate to the situation and your product.

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