Oils and fats are considered essential nutrients for our daily diet and contribute significantly to the regulation of various body functions. Various parameters are used to evaluate the quality of edible fats and oils, including the fatty acid composition, iodine value, free fatty acids (FFA), trans fatty acids (TFA), anisidine value (AnV) and many other parameters.
Traditional analyses are usually performed using standardized chemical and physical methods, which are often time-consuming and involve high operating costs, such as chromatographic techniques. These often require hazardous solvents and reagents that can pose health risks and increase disposal costs.
Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR) on the other hand is fast, cost-effective and safe to use, even for untrained personnel, as no sample preparation is required. It has been a well-established technique in the agricultural sector for decades and is today an important element of quality control in the food industry.
Bruker’s solutions for the edible oil industry
Dagmar Behmer will explain how FT-NIR spectroscopy works and give an overview on Bruker’s rugged FT-NIR analyzers. The portfolio ranges from small footprint, touch screen operated analyzers to fully automated in-process systems for the analysis of oilseeds and finished oils throughout the entire manufacturing process.
FT-NIR spectroscopy will not only analyze the general composition of the oil to know if it is fit-for-purpose for the given task and if the quality is according to the standards. It can also determine oxidation parameters to assess the determination of shelf life of the product. Dedicated examples like the analysis of olive oils, frying fats and marine oils will be featured.
How Lesieur implemented FT-NIR in their daily routine
Lesieur is a centenary French company which produces a variety of vegetable oils and condiment sauces across its many factories. A tight quality control which gives you instant feedback on the key parameters is essential for making fast decisions on how to proceed with the product at each processing step. Also, the detection of adulteration to ensure there are no traces of previously bottled oils in the current bottle is crucial. Mickael Watiez will show how Lesieur is today using FT-NIR for an array of applications along their production.
Validating FT-NIR methods for the routine use
Mickael Watiez and Dagmar Behmer will illustrate which norms are already available and show examples to how to validate FT-NIR methods for the routine use in your lab and in the process.
The webinar will appeal to anybody involved in quality control of edible oils & fats, but also oilseeds in the laboratory or production floor. It will also be relevant to people working in the food industry using oils and fats in their production process.
Mickaël Watiez, Lesieur
Head of Research & Development
Dagmar Behmer, Bruker Optics
Marketing Manager Applied Spectroscopy