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Nutritional Analysis
Nutritional Analysis

Nutritional food analysis yields important information for dietary balance and manufacturing procedures. ILC Micro-Chem provides a complete range of analysis from basic proximate analysis to complete Canadian and US Nutritional profiles via acceptable methods and database analysis.

ILC Micro-Chem has developed nutritional packages that take into consideration absence of nutrients or very low values in certain food categories for which analysis may not be required. However there are exceptions to everything and these packages are meant as guidelines only, and each product will be evaluated and priced accordingly.

When submitting samples for evaluation, ensure an ingredient listing is included along with the samples.


To achieve label information that is accurate and in compliance with the Food and Drugs Act Regulations, the following general principles apply:

arrow1  Industry is responsible for ensuring that nutrition labelling and claims are compliant with the Food and Drug Regulations and that label values accurately reflect the nutrient content of the product.

arrow2  A suitable compliance test for the accuracy of declared nutrient values must take into consideration the inherent variability of nutrients in foods and the variability of the laboratory method using appropriate statistical analysis.

arrow3  The CFIA compliance action will take into consideration not only laboratory results, but also the health risk to the public, economic loss to consumers, past compliance history of the product and the company's quality control over the manufacturing and labelling processes.

Verification of label values by the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency, (CFIA), will focus on industry system controls, including record keeping, raw material control and specifications, company lab analysis, documentation of data sources, audit verification, management of ingredient data (including updates, ingredient changes, substitutions and processing effects). The CFIA will not evaluate nutrition labelling data bases, as such. The definitive determination of compliance of label values by the CFIA will be based on laboratory analysis, as outlined in the Compliance Test. A tolerance of 20% is allowed in recognition of the variability inherent in nutrient concentrations and to encourage manufacturers to label the food with the true lot average. Where variation is very high, a conservative label value would avoid exceeding the compliance limit. If any product is found to be out of compliance, the CFIA intends to work with the manufacturer to understand and correct the problem.

Further details regarding Nutrition Labelling Compliance Test is available at:

ILC recommends complete nutritional analysis as specified by the regulations.

Nutritional Analysis Method Reference
   *Moisture    AOAC 950.46
   *Protein    AOAC 992.15
   *Fat (ANKOM)    AOCS Am 5.04
   *Fat (Acid Hydrolysis)    AOAC 954.02
   *Ash    AOAC 923.03
   *Calories    AOAC 971.10 by Calculation
   *Calories from Fat    AOAC 971.10 by Calculation
   *Carbohydrates    AOAC 971.10 by Calculation
   *Cholesterol    AOAC 994.10
   *Total Sugars (mono & disaccharides)    AOAC 977.20, 982.14 mod
   *Vitamin A    AOAC 992.04
   *Beta Carotene    AOAC 941.15
   *Vitamin C    QFCL-001-01/HPLC
   *Fatty Acid Profile (including    AOAC 969.33-963.22
   Polyunsaturates, Saturates, Mono-unsaturates   
   Omega 3 Polyunsaturated,  
   Omega 6 Polyunsaturated &  
   Trans Fatty Acids)  
   *Total Dietary Fibre    AOAC 991.43
   *Insoluble and Soluble Fibre    AOAC 991.43
   *Sodium    AOAC 968.08
   *Iron    AOAC 968.08
   *Calcium    AOAC 968.08
   *Potassium    AOAC 968.08
   * Accredited by SCC, for additional requests contact us