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Chemistry

Nutritional Analysis- $550.00
When the formula of a food product is unknown laboratory testing becomes necessary before a nutritional facts label can be prepared. To address this need, PCAS offers a “nutritional analysis” service comprised of all the mandatory nutrients required for FDA labeling.

The process starts with clients prepaying for the total amount of services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards accepted) and then sending a sample of food to our lab (about 1 lb) along with a complete sample submission form ( how to submit a sample ).

Once samples arrive at PCAS they are immediately logged into our LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and forwarded to the chemical laboratory for testing. There our experienced Food Chemists perform analyses under a rigorous quality control program using FDA recommended methods and state of the art equipment.

Unlike other labs, PCAS performs all testing in house which allow us to deliver faster results at competitive rates. Test reports are issued on a 100 g basis (example below). When requested by the client the results can be converted into FDA’s format (and additional $50.00 fee applies). Normal turn around for results is 15 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Bulk discounts apply when sending 10 or more samples at one time.

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Nutrition Facts Label by Database – $125.00
Nutrition facts labels can be created using FDA compliant database software when the formula of the product is well known. To fill this need, PCAS has created a “nutritional facts labels by database” service.

The process starts with clients prepaying for the total of services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards accepted) and then sending us a complete nutritional label request form (blank form, example) providing details about the food formula and manufacturing process.

Then our experienced Food Scientists match the ingredients with compatible ones existing in the database. When matching is not possible (e.g. rare imported ingredients) we ask clients to obtain the information directly from suppliers and then forward it to us

Once all ingredient information is received it is uploaded onto the software along with their amounts in common units (e.g. grams, oz, cups, tea spoons, etc). Any other relevant information that may have an impact on nutritionals (e.g. product shrinkage due to moisture loss during baking) is also uploaded.

In some cases, a few lab tests may be necessary to determine variations in caloric content due to nutrients pick-up (e.g. oil uptake during frying) and/or losses (e.g. sodium losses during boiling). If that occurs, the needs for additional testing will be communicated to the client early in the process.

The next step is to determine the legal serving size for the product. Very often clients size their products according to consumer needs however their choices may be out of regulatory compliance. PCAS’ Food Scientists will ensure the appropriate legal serving sizes and rounding rules are used

Finally, the nutrition facts label is created using FDA compliant database software. Results turn around time is 5 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Additional services include ingredient and allergen statement ($25.00 per product). Bulk discounts apply when contracting 10 or more labels at one time.

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Allergen Testing – $120.00 per each allergen
The presence of unintended allergens in foods can lead to illness and death of consumers. In response, PCAS has developed an allergen testing program which enables clients to reach peace of mind by testing products before they reach the public. Allergens tested include tree nuts (almonds), milk, peanuts, egg, soy, gluten, shellfish and fish (histidine). Additional allergens may be available please call for details.

The process starts with clients prepaying for the total of services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards accepted) and then sending a sample of about 100 g of food to our laboratory along with a complete sample submission form how to submit a sample .

Upon arrival at PCAS samples are logged into our LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and forwarded to the microbiology laboratory for testing. There our experienced Food Microbiologists perform analyses under a rigorous quality control program using FDA recommended methods and state of the art equipment.

Unlike other labs, PCAS performs all testing in house which allow us to deliver faster results at competitive rates. Turn around time is 5 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Bulk discounts apply when sending 10 or more samples at one time.

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Aflatoxins – $120.00 per toxin
Aflatoxins are toxic carcinogenic produced by mold in improperly stored grains and nuts. These chemical toxins can also be found in processed foods derived from contaminated materials (e.g. peanut butter, cereal bars, etc). It is illegal to sell products contaminated with aflatoxins. To address this need, PCAS offers testing of mold toxins including aflatoxin, fumonisin, ochratoxin, zearalenone and others.

The process starts with clients prepaying for the total of services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards accepted) and then sending a sample of food to our lab (about 100g) along with a complete sample submission form (how to submit a sample) .

Once samples arrive at PCAS they are immediately logged into our LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and forwarded to the laboratory for testing. There our experienced Food Scientists perform analyses under a rigorous quality control program using FDA and USDA recommended methods and state of the art equipment.

Unlike other labs, PCAS performs all testing in house which allow us to deliver faster results at competitive rates. Normal turn around for results is 5 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Bulk discounts apply when sending 10 or more samples at one time.

Pet Food Guaranteed Analysis – $125.00
Pet food guaranteed analysis is a legal requirement needed to create a nutritional label for pet food products. To address this need, PCAS offers a “pet food guaranteed analysis” service where the five AAFCO basic parameters are tested including total calories, crude protein, crude moisture, crude fiber and crude fat. Additional testing is available for a fee. Test reports are issued on a 100 g basis.

The process starts with clients prepaying for the total of services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards accepted) and then sending a sample of food to our lab (about 100g) along with a complete sample submission form ( how to submit a sample ).

When samples arrive at PCAS they are immediately logged into our LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and forwarded to the chemical laboratory for testing. There our experienced Food Chemists perform analyses under a rigorous quality control program using AAFCO’s recommended methods and state of the art equipment.

Unlike other labs, PCAS performs all testing in house which allow us to deliver faster results at competitive rates. Normal turn around for results is 10 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Bulk discounts apply when sending 10 or more samples at one time.

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Protein Content – $75.00
Proteins are one of the most important nutrients in foods and provide the essential building blocks for muscle growth. Accurately assessing the level of protein is imperative to food formulators and consumers. Traditional protein content testing uses harsh chemicals and is very time consuming. To address this challenge, PCAS now offers a rapid method that delivers results in less than 3 minutes without the use of hazardous chemicals.

The process starts with clients prepaying for the total of services requested (money orders, checks or credit cards accepted) and then sending a sample to our lab (about 100g) along with a complete sample submission form ( how to submit a sample ).

Once received at PCAS samples are logged into our LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and forwarded to the chemical laboratory for testing. There our experienced Food Chemists perform analyses under a rigorous quality control program using FDA recommended methods and state of the art equipment.

Unlike other labs, PCAS performs all testing in house which allow us to deliver faster results at competitive rates. Results turn around is 10 working days. Rush services are available for a fee. Bulk discounts apply when sending 10 or more samples at one time.

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