LAB TESTING & ANALYSIS

Mitra Science assures consistent quality by regularly performing a variety of tests and procedures to ensure the quality of the bulk botanical specimens we offer. In addition to conducting the tests listed on this page, we offer third-party testing services on a contract basis. The following list represents a few of the most important tests we conduct:

Botanical Identification

HPLC (High-Pressure Liquid Chromatography): Provides verification of product identity as well as quantitative determination of active constituents when tested against a reference standard. GCMS (Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry): Provides verification of product identity as well as quantitative determination of active constituents when tested against a reference standard. TLC (Thin Layer Chromatography): Provides verification of product identity when tested against a reference standard.

Organoleptic

Appearance: Samples of each product are evaluated and compared based upon their general appearance and uniformity, to ensure conformance, to a known standard. Color: Identify products based upon conformance, of color, to a known standard. Aroma: Identify products based upon conformance, of aroma, to a known standard.

Physical Analyses

Particle Size: A sieve analysis is used to measure the total particle size distribution of a prepared sample. A particle size analysis can help a customer judge whether a product is suitable for their application. Tapped Density: Measures the density of a prepared sample (g/ml). This test can help one discern specific processing requirements.

Chemical Analysis

Heavy Metals: Measures metallic impurities in a prepared product sample. Pesticides: Measures the amount of pesticide residue that a prepared sample contains

Microbiological

Total Aerobic Plate Count: Allows for the detection and enumeration of aerobic micro-organisms. This test gives an indication of the cleanliness of a product micro-biologically. Yeast and Mold: Allows for detection and enumeration of yeast and mold micro-organisms. This test gives an indication of the cleanliness of a product micro-biologically. Coliform: Allows for detection and enumeration of Coliform. E. Coli: Allows for detection and enumeration of E. Coli bacteria. Salmonella SPP: Allows for detection and enumeration of Salmonella Bacteria.

Please note that some of the above tests are only performed as needed and not on every item we process. For more information about a particular test or item please contact us.

DISCLAIMER

We offer a wide variety of botanical specimens. We offer no directions for use. Please view our terms & conditions for more information.