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Flavor Characterization Test

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  • 12 - 15 Business Days
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Flavor Characterization Test

Technical data sheet


Method description

Samples are vialed and placed on GC/MS. Some special preparation may be required. Peaks are compared and analyzed to identify off-flavors or profiles of interest determined via consultation.

Acceptable matrices

Foodstuffs and food ingredients

Limit of quantitation

10 ppb



Method reference

Internal method

Reportable unit


Sample size requirements

Whole packaging, if available. The product sample should be as-is and untampered.

Please include a separate sample to be used for Flavor Characterization, if submitting the same sample for other tests.

Information required by submitter

Contact us for a consultation to identify the nature, scope, and timeline of the project.  Most projects require testing of a minimum of two samples (a control sample and an off-flavor sample).

Please include a completed

*Prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

Common Flavor Characterization 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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A food testing program designed with mid-market and enterprise food and ingredient manufacturers in mind.