Speciality Oil Services

Leading laboratory, Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) is offering FOSFA accredited services to farmers and small independent oil processors in a bid to improve standards and quality in the speciality oils market. RSSL already works for many of the larger oil producers, food manufacturers and retailers, and feels that smaller processors risk being left behind.

Leading laboratory, Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) is offering FOSFA accredited services to farmers and small independent oil processors in a bid to improve standards and quality in the speciality oils market. RSSL already works for many of the larger oil producers, food manufacturers and retailers, and feels that smaller processors risk being left behind.

The oils and fat laboratory at RSSL, which is part of the Investigative Analysis Department, provides analytical services that can assess the quality, authenticity and purity of oils and fats. RSSL's scientists are also expert in analysis that can support the use of functional ingredients such as omega-3 fatty acids and phytosterols in a range of food products.

"Smaller producers are in a strong position to produce high quality, and high value oils," says Dr Robert Griffiths at RSSL. "But they also need to be aware of the issues that can lead to degradation and limited shelf-life for their products. RSSL has worked with a number of larger producers / retailers to assess quality, authenticity and further shelf-life and is keen to work with smaller producers too. There are many opportunities for smaller producers to develop niche markets, but the emphasis must be on quality, and this is where we can offer valuable assistance."

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