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Trace metals analysis

The demands of producers, consumers and regulators for accurate nutritional data grows and diversifies constantly.  Our scientists are highly skilled in the accurate quantification of elements at trace levels and in a variety of challenging matrices.

Sample matrices

We have considerable experience and expertise in a wide variety of sample matrices including:

  • Infant formula and babyfoods

  • Raw materials for the food industry

  • Feeding stuff and compound feeding stuff

  • Pet food

  • Food supplements

  • General food products

  • Vitamin preparations and tablets

Analytical capability

We offer a wide range of analytical capabilities including:

  • Multi analyte packages (e.g. Heavy Metals As, Cd, Hg and Pb) or single analyte methodologies

  • Independent laboratory validations and method development (Proficiency Testing)

  • Competitive pricing, on-time reporting and accurate, high quality results.

Sample preparation

  • Wet chemical digestion

  • Microwave digestion


  • Inductively Coupled Plasma with Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES)

  • Inductively Coupled Plasma with Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)

We routinely analyse products such as infant formula which are considered to be extremely challenging analytically due to the nature of the matrix and the low reporting levels required.

Additional Services

At LGC we offer a range of analysis to  our clients which include:
  • A full range of nutritional analysis

  • Authenticity evaluations

  • Adulteration detection

  • Additives, allergens and contaminants

  • Vitamins

  • Examination of foodstuffs and feeds

  • GM testing