Our recent focus has been on rapid profiling of the triglycerides in foods with a high fat content, such as edible oils, meat and meat products. A number of high-throughput screening applications have been developed, as follows:
  • Detecting Fraudulent Substitution of Beef with other Animal Species
  • Profiling Fatty Acids in Edible Oils
  • Compositional Analysis of Complex Food Products
 The measurement technique we are using for these services is benchtop  NMR, conducted using the new PulsarTM instrument, designed by one of the world’s leading specialists in magnet technologies, Oxford Instruments.

The analysis is quick – typically 10 minutes per sample – and provides quantitative information on the contents of the different fatty acids present. These values can be used to provide labelling information, or to verify species – of seed and nut oils and animal fats and extracts, for example, from fresh and frozen meat.

Buffalo Mozzarella Authentication

QIB Extra offers a new test to combat buffalo mozzarella fraud.

Coffee Authentication

QIB Extra is pleased to announce a new rapid analysis for the screening of Arabica coffee.

Analysis of Food Bioactives

Food Bioactives, particularly plant-based bioactives, are the focus of intense research with regards to their beneficial health properties.


Food Safety is an essential part of product manufacture. QIB extra has expertise in the major bacterial pathogens of concern and can help with process validation with regards to ensuring safety guidelines are met. 

Food Quality

QIB Extra can help you in all aspects of food quality; shelf-life, authenticity, texture analysis and product consistency.

Nutritional Information Solutions (NIS)

New legislation requires producers to label all foods with nutritional composition data. NIS can provide software to enable you to calculate your nutritional information from your recipe ingredients or if preferred can calculate the nutritional information for you.

Stats and Analysis

We offer access to a team of professional statisticians who will aim to give understandable answers to your data analysis questions or problems as well as help you design experiments. 


National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) offers a number of commercial services including contract R&D, yeast identification, DNA fingerprinting and safe deposit.




Applied Research and Analytical Services for Industry

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