For more information:


Eurofins Steins Laboratorium Denmark
vitamins@eurofins.dk
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+45 70 22 42 86


Eurofins Nutrition Analysis Center, Des Moines, USA
info@eurofinsus.com
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Vitamins

Vitamin testing fruitEurofins tests many matrices for the quantity and quality of vitamins. Eurofins' Competence Centre for vitamin analysis in Denmark is a leading vitamin laboratory in Europe, offering a wide range of vitamin testing for industrial customers within foodstuffs, animal feed, food supplements and pet food. The lab is accredited according to ISO17025.

The vitamin centre employs an international team of highly experienced chemists, microbiologists and laboratory technicians and applies state-of-the-art equipment and IT tools for management and communication. Through the Eurofins network of laboratories the service is available to customers all over Europe.

In the USA, our vitamin centre is based in a new building in Des Moines. This centre is custom-built to combine an efficient process flow with analytical excellence.

Concentrating all vitamin testing in one location per continent enables Eurofins to provide customers with reliable results based on internationally recognised reference methods at very attractive turn-around times and competitive prices.

In addition to standard tests we offer - on our customers' request - the implementation, optimisation, and validation of customer specific methods. Development of new and optimisation of existing methods is continuously ongoing in order to meet future requirements for testing and documentation at an international level

For standard vitamin testing mainly USP, AOAC, and EN/ISO methods are applied.

International vitamin testing competence

Several Eurofins laboratories had a long-standing tradition for testing of vitamins in specific matrices. To improve our services and to meet future requirements in a fast growing market, the vitamin testing activities were concentrated in Denmark. The new vitamin centre employs an international team of highly experienced chemists, microbiologists, and laboratory technicians and applies state-of-art equipment and IT tools for management and communication. Through the Eurofins network of laboratories we service customers all over Europe.

Advantages of Specialisation in vitamin analyses

Concentrating all vitamin testing in one single location enables to provide the clients with reliable documentation based on internationally recognised reference methods at very attractive turn-around times and competitive prices.

In addition to standard tests we offer - on our customers' request - the implementation, optimisation, and validation of customer specific methods.

Spectrum of Standard Tests

For standard testing mainly USP, AOAC, and EN/ISO methods are applied as summarised below. This ensures reliable documentation for the international market.

Spectrum for vitamin testing

Parameter Method Principle
Fat-soluble vitamins    
Vitamin A EN HPLC
Carotin EN HPLC
Vitamin D2/D3 (ergocalciferol/cholecalciferol) EN, USP HPLC
Vitamin E EN HPLC
Vitamin K1 (phyllochinon) EN, USP HPLC
Water-soluble vitamins    
Vitamin B1 (thiamin) EN, USP HPLC
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) EN HPLC
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxin & pyridoxamin & pyridoxal) EN, USP HPLC
Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) AOAC, USP MiBi, HPLC
Niacin (nicotinic acid & nicotinamid) AOAC, USP MiBi, HPLC
Pantothenic acid AOAC, USP MiBi, HPLC
Biotin FDA, USP MiBi, HPLC
Folic acid AOAC, USP MiBi, HPLC
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid & dehydroascorbic acid) EN, AOAC HPLC

Abbreviations used:

  • HPLC: High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • MiBi: Microbiological Method
  • EN: European Norm of the CEN (Comité Européen de Normalisation)
  • USP: United States Pharmacopeia
  • FDA: US Food and Drug Administration
  • AOAC: Association of Official Analytical Chemists

Matrices validated for standard tests comprise - but are not limited to:

  • Foodstuffs
  • Raw material for the food industry
  • Feeding stuff and compound feeding stuff
  • Pet food
  • Food supplements
  • Cosmetics
  • Vitamin preparations and tablets

Eurofins offers a portfolio of over 40,000 reliable analytical methods including a wide range of methods and specific analysis for vitamins.

Quality and R&D

Reliable and correct results are the main concerns for the customer when choosing a laboratory for vitamin testing. Eurofins gives highest priority to quality - applying a well implemented quality assurance system and validated methods, daily test of quality performance, extensive use of reference materials (CRM, SRM), and participation in international proficiency tests, and - of course - the laboratory is accredited according to ISO 17025. Beside the technical quality, we are very aware of our service quality - only results delivered on time meet the quality target.

In addition, having all vitamin testing activities based at a single location makes it possible to focus on R&D work. Development of new and optimisation of existing methods is continuously ongoing in order to meet future requirements for testing and documentation at an international level.

A Competent Partner

Eurofins is not only a supplier of laboratory services. The experts form a partnership with their customers and are pleased to discuss and advise on analytical strategies and choice of methods - just as they offer assistance and experience with the interpretation of results obtained. Our knowledge and experience with legal regulations, product design, and quality management is an additional value appreciated by many customers. Working closely together is indeed the best guarantee of value for money.

Contact

For more detailed information on vitamin testing please contact the experts listed above or your local Eurofins laboratory

Updated by: Daniel Quick
Last updated: 20 June 2013