GA’s core value of Quality is of paramount importance in all functions of the business and none more so that the onsite laboratory. As a science-led manufacturer, our technicians perform around 1,166 tests per week, including micro-testing, ash, fibre, oil, moisture and protein testing on all raw and finished products. Our quality and food safety laboratory is designed to be cross-functional across nutritional and regulatory compliance, authenticity and micro profiling, safety, sensory and innovation. Our expert team deliver peace-of-mind for you and your brands, providing unrivalled claims and food quality. Investments in the latest technology, means we supply data on food integrity to ensure all goods in and out meet the regulatory criteria. Having the latest technology allow us to carry out many tests that we previously had to outsource to external labs. This allows GA tighter control over testing and also dramatically reduces testing timeframes for our many ingredients. Equipped with the most advanced instruments and outstanding technicians allowing rapid parameter assessments and generating objective data, means we can report MOP (Moisture, Oil and Protein testing) results in minutes instead of hours.
All ingredients at GA are subjected to numerous quality checks to ensure only the best ingredients are accepted for use in the products. Every ingredient has an individual tailor-made testing regime and specification in line with the attributes and vulnerabilities of the ingredients. Detailed risk assessments of each ingredient have been determined prior to purchase. This unique system ensures full traceability of every product. The Lab team coordinate testing with a defined process. Every new sample is assigned a unique barcode, which is printed on to a label and fixed to the sample container. The sample is scanned and left at the Raw Material drop off point within Laboratory 1, before being transferred to Laboratory 2 when all raw ingredient samples are scanned at the NIR test machine. Microbiological testing for Salmonella and Enterobacteriaceae is then undertaken. The raw ingredients are then scanned on to Genesis to determine what wet chemistry testing is required. Wet chemistry testing includes MOPFA (Moisture, Oil, Protein, Fibre, Ash), and we now have the capabilities to turn this around within 48 hours. The laboratory works closely with both the Raw Materials and Quality Control departments, who will release the finished products that have been approved via our stringent testing protocols.