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Food - Blab

High Quality is under control.

Analysed matrices
The laboratory is highly specialised in analysis relative to cereals and flours, baked goods, pasta and canned food, oils, wines and other beverages, frozen and processed fruit and vegetables, dried fruit, eggs and dairy products, processed and unprocessed foods of animal origin, and feeds.
Determinations carried out
Among the main analyses conducted, we would like to highlight the following:

  •  Microbiological tests on foods of plant and animal origin and processed products (total microorganisms, staphylococci, coliforms, Escherichia coli, yeasts, moulds, salmonella, bacillus, clostridium, yersinia, pseudomonas, listeria, and others.)
  • Analysis for mycotoxins such as total and B1 aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, deoxynivalenol, T2 and HT2 toxins, fumonisin, mycotoxin M1 and trichothecenes
  • GMOs
  • Allergens
  • Stability tests on preserves
  • Analysis for nutrition labelling
  • Analysis for American nutrition labelling
  • Searching for pesticide residues (with an analytical grid of about 600 molecules, that may be modified depending on the matrix and on customer request)
  • Analysis for the export of oil and wine
  • Analysis for the qualitative evaluation of fruit juices (IFU methods)
  • Determination of the chemical and microbiological characteristics of eggs and egg products

Ours is a highly advanced research centre for food safety and quality control of all foods of animal and vegetable origin, through the analysis of micro-pollutants such as agrochemicals, heavy metals, mycotoxins, PCBs, PAHs and phthalates. Quality control and analysis for nutrition labels: Blab carries out analyses required by the European Union and the American Food Association for the preparation of nutrition information, with determinations such as proteins, carbohydrates, sugars, total fat, saturated fats, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, dietary fibre, sodium, cholesterol, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin D, B-group vitamins, calcium and iron.

Quality control and the research of pathogens and GMOs through molecular biology techniques. The Molecular Biology department, the newest and most recent lab at Blab, carries out research into pathogens and GMOs through the analysis of nucleic acids. The technology used, based on the research of DNA, represents the new frontier in the search for Genetically Modified Organisms and for pathogens, and greatly reduces analysis time and ensures maximum reliability of results. In addition, analyses are also performed in real-time PCR for the detection of DNA of soft wheat flours in durum wheat flour (in alternative to the Resmini method).