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Technical data sheet


Method description

Samples are prepared by microwave closed vessel digestion with nitric acid. Solutions are infused into an ICP-MS instrument to perform identity and quantitation based on the linear response of the elements using calibration standards containing the elements with internal standards.

Acceptable matrices

Food Products, Food Ingredients, Nutraceuticals, Non-alcoholic Beverages

Unacceptable matrices

This method is not applicable to materials containing: silica, insoluble aluminum, tin, shellfish and oysters.

Some classes of compounds are unsuitable for closed vessel microwave digestion as they are highly reactive with nitric acid and other oxidizers which may become nitrated and potentially explosive. These include: Animal fat (lard), glycerin and glycols, volatile flavoring agents, filter paper, packaging material, and alcoholic beverages.

Limit of quantitation

100 ng/g (ppb)


Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS)

Method reference

AOAC 993.14 and 2015.06

Reportable unit

ppb = ng/g

Sample size requirements

10 grams

Information required by submitter

Please supply estimates for solid matrices in ppb (ng/g)

Additional information

This test will only measure the soluble portion of Aluminum present in your sample.  If your sample contains both soluble and insoluble aluminum, please contact customer service at 1-800-245-5615 or specify the need for both soluble and insoluble Aluminum on your sample submission form.

*Prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

Common Aluminum Test Testing Questions

While our sales and customer service team are happy to answer general testing questions, consultations typically start at a rate of $250 per 30 minutes regarding the interpretation of reported test results or questions about our test methods. We cannot consult on regulations, tolerance limits, or claims.

We make every effort to keep our methods and detection limits up to date according to the latest standards and qualifications. If you have any questions regarding the limit of detection/quantification or method references, please contact our Customer Service team at 1-800-245-5615.

Our standard turnaround time is 10 business days for most assays. There are some assays that require a longer turnaround time. We also offer a RUSH service that is half the time of the standard turnaround time of the assay at double the cost of the assay. A few assays that we provide cannot be rushed due to the nature of the test. Please check the specific assay you are interested in regarding the ability to RUSH the turnaround time.

Medallion Labs, a division of General Mills, offers multiple areas of expertise for analytical testing and product evaluation for the food and ingredient industry. Our areas of expertise include Chemical Analysis, Nutritional Analysis, Food Safety, Shelf Life Studies, Microbiology, Specialty Fibers, Physical Testing, Allergen Testing, as well as Product Evaluation (which includes Product Performance and Sensory Evaluation) and Technical Consulting/Method Development. Our methods are developed for the testing of food products and ingredients.

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