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MANUFACTURING: Birmingham University finds lab news easy to digest.

A manufacturing laboratory at the University of Birmingham has been awarded accreditation to carry out research work for the food industry.

Alta Bioscience is the first UK organisation to receive the accreditation for amino acid analysis and protein sequencing.

The work is used to calculate which and how many proteins are in foodstuffs.

The UKAS-accredited procedure is essential to pharmaceutical companies and food manufacturers and processors who are required by regulatory authorities to identify constituent components and ingredients to meet manufacturing standards and labelling purposes. Pharmaceutical manufacturers, for example, would want to prove the protein they manufacture is the correct sequence.

Producers of low-protein foods must be able to accurately determine how much protein is in an ingredient to comply with Good Manufacturing Practice specifications Dr John Fox, director of Alta Bioscience, said the accreditation could help boost the income of the laboratory which achieved sales of pounds 500,000 last year.

'Quite a few people are allergic to certain proteins, so it is important to know which ones are in certain foodstuffs.

'From the outset Alta Bioscience has been committed to supplying high quality products and analytical facilities,' said Dr Fox.

'The UKAS accreditation is one further step in our development towards meeting the ever-more stringent quality standards required by clients world-wide
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 7, 2005
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