In light of increased regulatory oversight, natural health products manufacturers must ensure their products meet quality criteria. Greater emphasis is being placed on incoming ingredient identity, in-process controls and verification testing – as well as confirmation of the absence of adulterants and contaminants. To support your laboratory resources, Mérieux NutriSciences can provide accurate and reliable analytical services for key tests, stability projects, verification of internal methods, troubleshooting, and third-party results to comply with client requests.

In Burnaby, B.C., Canada, our laboratory was one of the first to specialize in the analysis of natural health products. We have developed over 100 analytical methods for active components in natural herb products and serves U.S. and Canadian companies in the areas of bio-actives and contaminants.

Our services include:

  • Identification of natural health products and active
  • Ingredients using LC/MS/MS, HPLC and IR
  • Quantitation of active ingredients or marker compounds
  • Vitamin and mineral analysis
  • Bacterial profiles 
  • Product labelling
  • Extraneous matter
  • Heavy metal analysis
  • Pesticide analysis - multi-residue screening
  • Aflatoxin testing
  • Solvent residue analysis

Testing Services for Pesticides

Human health concerns posed by the presence of pesticides in food and feed products are prompting governments in developed and developing countries to establish strict regulatory standards for their use. Utilizing GC-MS/MS, triple quadrupole UPLC-MS/MS, and other modern technologies, Silliker-JR Laboratories, one of our pesticide testing centers of excellence, provides expert analytical services. Knowledgeable in a full range of matrices, including cereals, fruit and vegetables, fat, dairy, beverages, and meat and fish, our trained staff can help ensure your product meets regulatory requirements.

Testing Services for Natural Health Products

  • Aflatoxin
  • Aloe – Aloin
  • Androgropholide
  • Angelica Root
    •     Angelicin
    •     Identification
  • Aristolochic Acid
  • Artemisia - Artemisinin
  • Artichoke leaves
    •     Caffeoyl Quinic Acids
    •     Identification
  • Ash
  • Beta carotene (assay)
  • Bilberry - Anthocyanins 
    •     (profile) - HPLC
    •     (total content) - colorimetric
  • Black Cohosh – actein, cimigugoside (identification)
  • Blessed Thistle
    •     cinicin
    •     Identification
  • Bromopheniramine maleate
  • Burdock Root – inulin (colorimetric) Caffeine in capsules or tablets
  • Camphor
  • Carminic Acid
  • Cascara sagrada bark – identification
  • Cat’s Claw
    •     indole alkaloids
    •     Identification
  • Cat's Claw – Catechins
  • Cayenne pepper
    •     capsaicinoids
    •     Identification
  • Chamomile flower
  • total apigenin
  • Identification
  • Chlorpheniramine Maleate
  • Choline
  • Chondroitin Sulfate assay
    •     colorimetric
    •     HPLC
  • Coenzyme Q10 assay
  • Coliform - petri film
  • Cordyceps - assay
  • Creatine
  • Devil’s Claw - Harpagoside
  • Diphenhydramine HCl
  • dl-Methionine
  • Dong Quai
    •     Ligustilide
  • Dong Quai (Chinese Angelica) – Ferulic acid
  • E.coli - petri film
  • Echinacea
    •     Phenolic acids
    •     Identification
  • Elecampane – Alantolactones
  • Ellagic acid Ephedrine (identification)
  • Ephedrine assay
  • Fatty Acid Profile
  • Fecal coliform
    •     petrifilm
    •     MPN
  • Feverfew
  •     - Parthenolide content     Identification
  • Free Fatty Acids (by titration) in oil
  • Garlic
    •     Allicin
    •     Alliin
    •     Identification
  • Ginger - assay
  • Ginkgo Biloba
    •     Flavonoids
    •     Terpene lactones
    •     Identification
  • Ginseng (identification)
  • Ginsenosides
  • Glucosamine and Galactosamine
  • Glutamic Acid
  • Glutamine
  • Glutathione
  • Golden Seal
    •     Hydrastine and Berberine
    •     Identification
  • Grapeseed-proanthocyanidins (colorimetric)
  • Green tea
    •     Plyphenols
  • Green Tea Leaf - Identification
  • Hawthorn – iso-vitexin-rhamnoside, hyperoside
  • Hawthorn (identification)
  • Hesperidin
  • Hydroxyl value
  • Inositol
  • Kava Kava  (identification) Kava Kava – Kavalactones
  • Lactobacillus
  • L-Cystine
  • Licorice
    •     Glycyrrhizin
    •     Identification
  • Lipoic acid
  • Lutein
  • Lycopene
  • Methyl Salicylate
  • Milk Thistle
    •     Silymarin content (colorimetric)
    •      Identification
  • Mineral analysis by AA Mineral analysis by ICP/MS
  • Moisture
  • MSM
  • Olive leaf – oleiropein (identification)
  • Organochlorine Pesticides and PCBs Pantothenine 
  • Parahydroxy benzoic acid
  • Passion flower
    •     Flavonoids
    •     Identification
  • Peppermint Oil assay
  • Pesticides and fungicides
  • Pheniramine maleate
  • Phenyl propanol amine
  • Phenylephrine HCl
  • Physical Evaluation
  • Propolis – Flavonoids 
  • Protopanaxadiol in ginseng
  • Pyruvic acid
  • Quercetin Dihydrate - identification
  • Quinic, malic, citric acid in cranberry
  • Red Clover
    •     Isoflavonoids
    •     Identification
  • Rhubarb
    •     Hydroxyanthracenes
    •     Identification
  • Ribose (sugar)
  • Rieshi mushrooms - polysaccharides
  • Royal jelly 10-OH-decenoic acid
  • Rutin and/or Quercetin
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Salmonella
  • Saponification value
  • Senna leaves / Cassia senna
    •     sennoside A,B,C,D
    •     Identification
  • Sheep Sorrel
    •     Hydroanthracene
    •     Identification
  • Siberian ginseng – eleutheroside
    •     B,E (identification)
  • Sinapinic Acid
  • Soybean
    •     Isoflavones
    •     Identification
  • SPC - swab
  • Squalene
  • St. John’s Wort–
    •     Hypericin, pseudohyperici (Colorimetric)
    •     Identification
    •     Hyperforins
  • Standard Plate Count
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Stevioside in Stevia
  • Stinging Nettle – Flavonoids
  • Tartaric acid
  • t-butylhydroquinone
  • Tea Tree Oil Profile
  • Thioctic acid
  • Turmeric
    •     Curcuminoids
    •     Turmeric – identification
  • Uva Ursi
    •     Arbutin content
    •     Identification
  • Valerian
    •     Valerenic acid
    •     Identification
  • Vitamin A
    •     Retinol acetate
    •     Retinol palmitate
    •     Retinol
  • Vitamin B
    •     Biotin
    •     Folic Acid
  • Vitamin B1 -Thiamine
  • Vitamin B12 - Cobalamin
  • Vitamin B2
    •     Riboflavin
    •     Riboflavin -5'-phosphate
  • Vitamin B3
    •     Niacin
    •     Niacinamide
  • Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic acid
  • Vitamin B6
    •     Pyridoxine (HCl)
    •     Pyridoxine phosphate
  • Vitamin C Vitamin D2 - Ergocalciferol 
  • Vitamin D3 - Cholecalciferol
  • Vitamin E
    •     Alpha tocopherol
    •     Tocopherol acetate
    •     Tocopherol succinate
    •     alpha, delta, gamma
  • Vitamin H1 (PABA)
  • Vitamin K1 - Phylloquinone
  • Wild Yam
    •     diosgenin
    •     Identification
  • Willow bark
    •     salicin
    •     Identification
  • Yeast and Mold
  • Yohimbe
    •     yohimibine
    •     Identification

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