Analysis of Edible Oils

  • Reliable quality control of process intermediates
    and final products
  • Assessment of risk potential for feedstocks
  • Analysis of authenticity, origin and detection of
    genetically modified organisms (GMO)

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Keeping quality standards for global stakeholders with a complex supply chain – we help you to keep it simple and focused on the relevant quality and food safety parameters.

Be more effcient

  • Dilute and shoot – analysis of edible oils and fats with no need for digestion
  • Automation options
  • Unattended operation
  • Risk assessment via feedstock analysis prior to processing and blending

Get reliable results

  • Interference-free analysis of trace and major elements
  • Raw material and product traceability
  • Reliable instrument performance ensured by Self Check Systems
  • Pre-developed methods and direct application support

Analyze with us

  • Metals, semi-metals, and non-metals (e.g. Cd, Pb, As, Hg): AAS, ICP-MS, ICP-OES, C/N/S/X
  • Origin analysis: Isotope ratio ICP-MS
  • GMO analysis: Nucleic acid extraction kits, thermal cycler, real-time thermal cycler
  • Risk potential analysis of 3-MCPD via chlorine detection: C/N/S/X
  • Color, FFA-content, DOBI, K-value, I-value: UV/Vis

Analytik Jena is a partner you can depend on – with our many years of experience in determining contamination originating from the chemical process, raw and by products and additives, evolution of nutrients along the value chain, cross-contamination, and other established quality parameters.

Exclusive e-book: Analysis of edible oils

This e-book takes a closer look at a series of quality and food safety parameters as well as process efficiency indicators for edible oils on the example of palm oil. The e-book outlines the value chain of palm oil and indicates, where the analysis of element contents as well as probing oil degradation at the molecular level are meaningful and routinely performed. This e-book covers three techniques, namely combustion elemental analysis, atomic spectroscopy – specifically ICP-OES techniques –, and UV/Vis spectrophotometry (molecular spectroscopy). 

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Web seminar: Keep edible oils safe

How elemental analysis contributes to food safety and quality. In this web seminar Analytik Jena experts present some new technological advancements and customer-oriented solutions in the field of elemental analysis that will support you in mastering application challenges of edible oils.

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Detection of chlorine in palm oil

Margarine, spreads, chocolate, detergents, cosmetics, biofuels and much, much more - palm oil simply everywhere and in almost every food product. Hardly any other natural product is used as widely for industrial production as this tropical oil since it is relatively inexpensive to produce. Palm oil has to be refined in order to be processed. This often results in impurities that impair the quality and thus can affect the saftey of the respective end products. Some of the most common impurities in the refining process are chlorine compounds such as chlorpropanediols, which are harmful to the environment and health. In this article we highlight some reliable and efficient methods for the detection of chlorine in palm oil.



Determination of Total Chlorine in Palm Oil with the Elemental Analyzer multi EA 5100

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Impurities Analysis in Sunflower Oil by HR ICP-OES

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Determination of Trace Elements and Mineral Contents in Edible Oils and Fats by HR ICP-OES-en

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Palm oil UV/Vis spectrophotometric quality assessment along the value chain using the deterioration of bleachability index (DOBI) and carotene content according to ISO 17932:2011 (EN)

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Edible oil analysis for food security

Oleochemistry with regard to edible oils and fats is an essential part of food production. Especially vegetable oils are indispensable for healthy nutrition – they provide the body with urgently needed nutrients as well as being high in unsaturated fatty acids and low in cholesterol. Furthermore, they support the absorption of vitamins and, last but not least, serve as carriers of flavoring substances. Far more than 200 million metric tons of vegetable oils are produced annually, mainly palm and palm kernel oil (30% of world production) as well as canola, soybean, coconut, peanut and sunflower oil. The main consumer of vegetable oils is the food industry; about 70% of the world's palm oil production is used here – for margarine, cooking oil, spreads, chocolate and much more. Palm oil is also required in large quantities for cosmetic products, cleaning agents, candles, etc.

Edible oils – benefits with risks

The predominant use of edible oils and fats in food production, cosmetics, etc. makes them very relevant to health issues. Substances such as 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol, which is commonly known as 3-MCPD and is suspected of increasing the risk of cancer, can form during thermal processing (e.g.  refining). For this reason, the WHO has defined limit values. Another aspect is GMOs (genetically modified organisms). On one hand, genetic engineering allows genetic material to be modified in order to introduce specific properties and thus, for example, give plants resistance to herbicides or insecticides. It is therefore a valuable tool in the manufacturing process. On the other hand, GMO analysis is required to verify whether the genetic material has been deliberately modified using genetic engineering methods. This information is required by legislators as well as by interested consumers.

Edible oil testing – across the entire process chain

Edible oils as ingredients of foodstuffs are subject to strict quality requirements. Be it the cultivation of rapeseed or palm oil plants, peanuts or flaxseeds, soy or olive oil trees and many other types of trees, be it the further processing in mills, refineries or the refining industry, be it trade or the testing by contract laboratories or governmental investigation offices: The globally interwoven production, supply and further-processing network requires permanent, close-meshed edible-oil testing. This applies to the entire process chain from cultivation through production and processing to the finished product.

Proven technology for stringent edible oil analysis – by Analytik Jena

In line with the growth of this sector in recent decades, a broad portfolio of proven technologies for edible oil analysis is now available to reliably and rapidly determine important parameters, such as:

  • Antioxidants
  • Water content
  • Trace metals (such as the "toxic four" – lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury)
  • Total chlorine.

The proven edible-oil testing technologies from Analytik Jena support you in ensuring the desired quality and health safety of edible oils and fats – at every essential process step. GMO analysis, pathogen analysis or detection of toxic contamination: Analytik Jena offers you the corresponding expertise and edible oil analyzers such as multi-parameter devices that can be individually configured to your requirements. In this way, you can guarantee by means of reliable edible oil and fat analysis along with vegetable oil analysis that the assured and required regulation quality is actually maintained.


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