3-MCPD and GE: A Global health concern

Prevalence of 3-MCPD and GE in edible oils


Foods 3-MCPD (mg/kg) GE (mg/kg)
Refined palm oil 1.1-10.0 0.30-10
Refined coconut oil 1.4-1.7 n.a.
Refined hazelnut/walnut oil 1.2-19.0 0.5-1.4
Refined olive oil 0.3-2.5 n.a.

Regulatory bodies push for tighter regulations to limit intake of 3-MCPD and GE in food consumables (EFSA).

The contaminants are risk for public health as 3-MCPD is linked to reduced male fertility and kidney damage and GE is genotoxic and carcinogenic.

Our solution: 3-MCPD / Glycidol esters rapid test kit


Easy to use colorimetric assay

Novel, rapid method for quantification of 3-MCPD and Glycidol esters in edible oils using a simple colorimetric assay.

Faster than conventional GC-MS methods

Simple sample preparation and instrumentation, fast turnaround (4 samples in 80 min).

Dedicated support team

Our support team is available 24/7, and is ready to help you with any technical issues. We also provide onsite support and training to ensure your laboratory team is up and running in the shortest time possible. .

Low set-up and operation costs

Rapid assessment of 3-MCPD and GE values make the kit ideal for batch control and rapid point of need assessment in low resource areas.

3-MCPD / GE rapid test kit for edible oil

than GC/MS services


  • Single kit for 3-MCPD and GE
  • High sensitivity (0.1 PPM LOQ)
  • Low technical requirements, QC lab technician friendly method
  • Quantification of 3-MCPD and GE in edible oils
  • Can detect free 3-MCPD + GE and their esters
  • Simple sample preparation
  • Fast turnaround (4 samples in 80 min )
  • Ideal for batch screening and process monitoring
  • Colorimetric response in visible range
  • Online calculator for instant results
  • Ongoing optimisation and dedicated R&D Team
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How does it work?


3-MCPD and GE are present in several edible oils that are widely used for the manufacture of consumer food products, therefore, becoming a key food ingredient for 3-MCPD and GE vigilance.

The rapid test kit requires only 80 minutes per test batch (4 samples) from sample preparation to result at an approximate cost of ~$50 per sample. In comparison, standard GC-MS analysis services can cost around $300 per sample with a turnaround time of 2-7 days.

Frequently asked questions


The methods is currently being validated by our partners in factories across Germany, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, China and Sri Lanka. Validation data can be obtained upon request. We are confident with our method and will offer you a 100% money back guarantee (Inc shipping costs) if the kit does not meet expectations. Our HQ laboratory in Singapore is currently ISO13845 accredited and we are pursuing further relevant accreditation.
The assay contains two parts one that measures 3-MCPD and the other that measures Total content for 3-MCPD + GE. The values of GE can then be determined using a simple calculation.
Please refer to the MSDS for detailed information on the disposal.
Vortex, Oven / water bath at 60 °C, Boiling water bath, Centrifuge (15 & 50 ml tubes | 13000 rcf), Spectrophotometer/ colorimeter (min 0.001 resolution).
Accuracy of the quantitative measurement is +- 15% in palm oil products. Further assistance is provided for the validation of other oil blends with the technical team able to provide an optimised rapid assay.
Please contact us for special pricing or product customisation requests. We would like to understand your needs better and offer the best possible, competitive solution for you.
Some components may require cold storage (4°C) and/or limited sunlight exposure, for the full specification please contact us.
The kit has been extensively tested with Palm oil derivatives and fractions, hard fat, stearin, sunflower oil, soybean oil, rice bran oil, canola oil, mixed vegetable fats, margarine fat, baking and confectionery fat. The kit is still being optimised for olive oil, palm fatty acid distillates, rapeseed oil and used frying oils.

Accuracy


Figure 1: 3-MCPD and GE values in palm oil samples.

The Camtech Rapid Quantification Kit is compared to AOCS method Cd 29c-13 (n=3). Kit lower limit of quantification (LOQ) = 0.1 ppm. Statistical analysis performed using a one-way ANOVA using Tukey’s posthoc correction (ns= non significant).

Figure 2: Rapid test kit correlation with GC-MS methodology in palm oil samples

Our data shows superb correlation (>98%) with the current GC-MS methodology. No significant difference in the PPM values for 3-MCPD and GE, when comparing the Kit (n=3) to the AOCS GC-MS method Cd 29c-13 (n=3). Variation is comparable to GC-MS. Further internal evaluation is underway to provide a robust data set across a wide range of oils.

Risk free pricing


  • Price per test is approximately $50 for palm oil. Contact us to get a quote.
  • You are protected by our 30 day, 100% money back warranty, including shipping costs.
  • Contact us to get custom prices for non palm oil products or other tailored requirements.

Building Partnerships


We believe that partnerships are the cornerstone to understanding the problem at hand and design customer focused solutions. We currently have ongoing collaborations with several industry leaders in the edible oil and food production sectors. If you have any requirements that falls outside the scope of the kit we are constantly looking to expand.

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