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Beta-Glucan Test

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Beta-Glucan Test

Technical data sheet


Method description

Beta-glucan is digested with highly purified enzymes under controlled dissolution conditions, and the resulting glucose is measured spectrophotometrically.

Acceptable matrices

Whole grains (oats, barley, wheat, rye), milling fractions, unsweetened cereals, flours of cereal grains (i.e. Barley, rye, and wheat).

Unacceptable matrices

Mushroom, Yeast

Limit of quantitation




Method reference

AOAC 995.16

Reportable unit


Sample size requirements

20 grams

Information required by submitter

Please provide estimates, especially for samples containing high or concentrated levels of beta glucan. Variations of the method are used for samples with high (>10% and <35%) or concentrated (>35% and <100%) levels of beta glucan.

Additional information

This test is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited through A2LA, Certificate # 2769.01.

The method is specific for (1-3)(1-4)-beta-D glucan.  Beta-glucan from mushroom or yeast requires method modifications, please call for availability.

*Prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

Common Beta-Glucan 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.

If a food products contains beta-glucans from multiple sources, often both beta-glucan tests are needed.

Unfortunately, this test only reports Beta-glucan.

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