Straightforward analysis of infant formula by ion chromatography

We are looking forward to start the upcoming year 2022 with the presentation of a new SpectroNet member. Metrohm is one of the world’s most trusted manufacturers of high-precision instruments for laboratory and process analysis. The company was founded in 1943 in Switzerland, where it is headquartered to this day. Metrohm offers a comprehensive portfolio of analytical technologies ranging from titration and ion chromatography to near-infrared and Raman spectroscopy, as well as several other techniques.


Metrohm is pleased to present a free white paper that gives an overview how manufacturers and QC labs can use ion chromatography (IC) to determine numerous carbohydrates, micronutrients, and contaminants in infant and follow-on formulas – fully automatically and at lower costs than competing methods.


Metrohm offers a free white paper on their homepage, which presents applications for carbohydrates, micronutrients, and contaminant analysis.


Figure 1: Ion chromatography is a robust, easy to use multiparameter method that helps manufacturers and QC labs to quantify carbohydrates, micronutrients, and contaminants in infant and follow-on formulas (Copyright Deutsche Metrohm GmbH & Co. KG)


The quality and integrity of infant formula is strongly regulated by national and international standards. Among the preferred analytical methods mentioned by Codex Alimentarius (CXS 234-1999), ion chromatography (IC) stands out for its robustness, ease of use, and capability to determine multiple parameters with a single analysis. The present white paper gives a comprehensive overview of the following topics and applications of ion chromatography:


  • Ion chromatography: how it is applied for QC of infant and follow-on formulas

  • Current regulations, norms, and standards

  • Analysis of carbohydrates (mono- and disaccharides, oligosaccharides: GOS, FOS, and fructans)

  • Analysis of micronutrients and other specifications (minerals, vitamins, vitamin-like components)

  • Analysis of contaminants (melamine, nitrite, nitrate, ...)


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