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Cereals, Grains & Pulses Analysis

We carry out quality testing on cereals and grains according to methods of the following standards and specifications:

We are official analysts to the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA), using methods listed in GAFTA Form 130 and many tests are in our existing UKAS schedule of Accreditation Open UKAS schedule as a PDF.

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Quality Testing of Cereals and Grains

For example:

1. Using methods of EU Regulation 1272/2009. The following are determined on Durum Wheat, Common Wheat, Barley, Maize, and Sorghum.
  • Moisture
  • "Percentage of matter which is not basic cereal of unimpaired quality" including broken grains, grain impurities, misc. impurities etc.
  • Tannin Content (%) - Sorghum
  • Specific Weight (Test Weight) (kg/hL)
  • Protein Content
  • Hagberg Falling Number
  • Zeleny Index

Other quality tests provided upon request are the detection of Mycotoxins, determination and identification of common poisonous / toxic weed seeds and storage insect pests.

2. Using USDA FGIS specifications and methods of analysis

These are applied to Barley, Corn (Maize), Oats, Rye, Sorghum, and Wheat.

3. Codex standards for Wheat, Durum Wheat, Maize, and Oats

Analysis according to the Codex Standard requirements.

Field of Barley Oat Grains

Malting Barley is analysed according to the methods of the European Brewing Convention (EBC) for parameters such as the following:

  • Moisture
  • Nitrogen
  • Thousand Corn Weight
  • Germinative Capacity (Tetrazolium Rapid Staining Method)
  • Germinative Capacity (Hydrogen Peroxide & Peeling Technique)
  • Germinative Energy (Aubry Method)
  • Germinative Energy (BRF Method)
  • Sieving test (Determination of admixture, broken grains etc)
Malting barley drying

Some of the analysis carried out on flour include;

  • Moisture
  • Ash
  • Protein
  • Wet Gluten - Hand Washing Technique
  • Zeleny index

Testing according to Codex Standards for Wheat Flour, Durum Wheat flour, Semolina, and Corn Flour.

Wheat growing in a field

We are capable of analysing rice according to ISO 7301: "Specification for Rice", USDA specifications, and Codex Alimentarius standards.

Rice Grains

Pulses can be analysed to ISO specifications, Codex Alimentarius standards, to determine size, impurities, foreign odour, species or varieties.

Quality Testing of Pulses

The standards for testing are those of:

  1. Codex Alimentarius Standard 171-1989 Standard for certain Pulses including Peas, Lentils, Beans, Chick peas.
  2. USDA Standards for Pulses such as Peas, Split Peas, Feed Peas, Lentils, and Beans.

For further information please contact Mr Michael Blotz (E-Mail:, consult our Arabic, French, Polish, or German speaking contacts, or use our quotation form.
Salamon & Seaber Ltd.
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