Detection of Adulteration in Herb (Salvia species) Quality Control

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Product Specification

Product Code Material Matrix Approx. Size


Herb (Salvia spp.)

7 g


Adulteration, Contamination

Validity Date


Test Description

Herbs are a common target for economic fraud, due to the ease with which alternative and cheaper leaves can be used to adulterate the target herb increasing profits.

Common adulterants for Salvia (sage) and similar herbs include leaves from other species such as olive, myrtle, hazelnut, strawberry sandalwood and others. In a study carried out in 2020 25% of Salvia samples tested were found to be contaminated at fraudulent levels and in one case the contamination was such that the Salvia content was lower than the adulterating material.

Fapas quality control materials can be used to standardise your testing methods within your food laboratories. This can be through staff training applications as well as instrumentation verification techniques to asses any bias you may incur within your testing results.

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