Fatty Acids in Milk Powder Proficiency Test


Product Specification

Product Code Proficiency Test Matrix Approx. Size


Milk Powder

50 g


Total Fat, Saturated Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated Fatty Acids, Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, Total trans Fatty Acids, Linoleic Acid (C18:2 n-6), alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA, C18:3 n-3), Arachidonic Acid (ARA, C20:4 n-6), Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA, C22:6 n-3), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA, C20:5 n-3), C18:1 trans Fatty Acids, C18:2 trans Fatty Acids, C18:3 trans Fatty Acids


Some individual fatty acids will be requested. Several are shown as examples, but the exact list is not known until nearer the start date.

Test Description

This proficiency test provides the opportunity to carry out a comprehensive fatty acid profile including individual fatty acids, on a common food type and popular ingredient that is widely available and frequently tested in laboratories.

This includes a comprehensive fat analysis to include total fat, saturates, mono-unsaturates, poly-unsaturates, total trans fatty acids, and individual fatty acids.

Fat is an essential part of the human diet, supplying nutritional components that the body needs in order to function. Too much fat in the diet, especially of nutritionally undesirable forms, can give rise to health problems. Hence, fat is subject to labelling requirements on food products and analyses are targeted towards this compliance.

Milk powder is globally important and used in large quantities for direct sale to consumers and as a key ingredient in processed foods owing to its advantages over fresh milks such as longer shelf life. It is impossible to completely avoid contamination of these highly processed products during processing. Therefore, testing for indicator organisms is an important step in maintaining high quality standards. The nutritional labelling claims of milk powder are also extremely important to verify due to their large potential impact within the development stages of infants due to their inclusion within infant formula in significant quantities.

Fapas proficiency tests use real food samples to highlight any potential bias you may have within your test results, from which to address any improvements that have been highlighted and assure both regulators and your customers of high-quality testing practices.

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