A healthy and safe life is everyone's wish. We now live longer than before, and the rapid changes of our society have created a great deal of difficulties in securing our lives.
Chemical analysis, hygienic control, evaluation of products' quality and other analytical activities are needed more urgently than ever in various fields. A wide range of analytical services offered by Japan Food Research Laboratories cover not only food and feed products but also medicines, cosmetics, medical devices, household chemical products. Japan Food Research Laboratories answer the diversified needs for health and safety of societies, industries and consumers.

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In Japan, the new food labeling act has been enforced since April 2015 and allowed the third official category for health-claim-foods, Food with Function Claims (FFC).

According to the new act, food manufacturers can label the function claim on their products under their own responsibility.

FFC must be based on the scientific evidence for both safety and effectiveness. As an additional requirement, the application to the authority should be completed and opened for the public at least two months before marketing.

JFRL offers testing services for FFC through our analytical knowledge, experience, and reliance. By the end of 2015, we have contributed over 80 % of the FFC applications.

Our analysis items for the functional components are >> HERE <<.


Certificate of Appreciation from USP
USP awarded JFRL a letter of appreciation with respect to the contribution of a modernized monograph.
Capsaicinoids are pungent ingredients in chili peppers. There are several compounds known as capsaicinoids; capsaicin, dihydrocapsaicin, nordihydrocapsaicin, etc.
We offer the analysis of capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin.
Resveratrol Resveratrol is a polyphenol compound largely found in grape skin. 1-July-16
6-Gingerol 6-Gingerol is a pungent ingredient of ginger. 1-July-16
6-Shogaol 6-Shogaol is a pungent ingredient of ginger. 1-July-16
(1,3) (1,4)-Beta-Glucan (1,3) (1,4)-Beta-Glucan is a polysaccharide found in barley and oats. 23-June-16
Coenzyme Q10 Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is also known as ubiquinone, which is a vitamin-like substance found in meat and fish. 22-June-16
Fucoxanthin Fucoxanthin is one of carotenoids found in brown algae. 22-June-16
Cryptoxanthin Cryptoxanthin is a yellow carotenoid found in fruits, and it is known as provitamin A. 22-June-16
Astaxanthin Astaxanthin is a red carotenoid found in salmons, shrimps, alga, yeast, and so on. 22-June-16
DHA and EPA Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel. 15-June-16
Oryzanol Oryzanol is a mixture of ferulic acid esters of triterpenoid alcohols, which is localized in rice bran. 24-March-16
Lutein Lutein is one of carotenoids found in vegetables, fruits, and egg yolk. 24-March-16
Lycopene Lycopene is a red carotenoid pigment found in tomatoes and other red vegetables and fruits. 24-March-16
Carnitine Carnitine is a derivative of amino acids, which is related to energy metabolism. 1-March-16
Ganma-amino-n-butyric acid (GABA) Gamma-aminobutyric acid (also known as GABA) is a kind of amino acids and one of the main inhibitory brain chemicals. 1-March-16
Anthocyanin There are a large number of anthocyanins and we offer the analysis of anthocyanins present mainly in berry fruits. 25-Jan-16
Catechins Catechins are a group of polyphenol compounds found in high concentrations in green tea. We offer the analysis of eight catechins respectively. 25-Jan-16
Curcuminoids Curcuminoids are polyphenolic yellow pigments responsible for the yellow color of the root of turmeric. We can analyze three curcuminoids respectively. 25-Jan-16
Ginsenosides Ginsenosides are triterpenoid saponins, which are exclusively contained in ginseng. We offer two ways of analysis for ginsenosides. 25-Jan-16
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance(NMR) We carry out the various test using the NMR spectroscopic method.
It is required for the pharmaceuticals listed in the worldwide official standards (USP/NF, EP and JP).
Water Quality Standards

Japanese Water Quality Standards were revised on April 1st 2014.
We are preparing analyses in accordance with revised Waterworks Law.

DNA microarray analysis

If analyzed by focused DNA microarray analysis, the expression of various genes in cells or tissues is evaluated. Then you can clarify effects of functional ingredients in your food samples.

Japanese Pharmacopoeia

Japanese Pharmacopoeia will be revised in late February.
We are preparing analyses in accordance with revised Pharmacopoeia.

Detection of irradiation
(Thermoluminescence method)
This test aims to confirm the irradiation treatment of food in order to investigate whether it was irradiated or not. 9-Dec-13
Color We measure color(ex. L,a,b) of samples with a colorimeter, and calculate the color changes (ΔE). ΔE can be applied to evaluate the change in color due to the passage of time and to compare color between products. 30-Oct-13
Chloramphenicol In Europe, chloramphenicol was detected in enzyme preparations. We can analyze the chloramphenicol in foods including enzyme preparations by LC-MS/MS. 11-Oct-13
Qualitative analysis to identify unknown compounds We hold a LC-Time Of Flight MS(LC-qTOF/MS). And it is very useful to identify unknown compounds. 4-Oct-13


For Oversea Clients

If you require further information and/or have any questions about our analysis service, please contact our Customer Consulting Department in Tokyo Head Office. We are ready to assist your needs.