Technical Services Division (TS) 

The Organisation provides an advisory service to the private sector and government on technical matters that promote the national economy. The private sector frequently employed the Organisation’s advisory service on export quality management issues, product formulation and process optimization. The technical services provide support to the consultancy services through chemical, microbiological and physical analyses of samples submitted by stakeholders at a cost. The price list for all analyses conducted at the Organisation is available to all stakeholders for consultation.

The following chemical, microbiological, physical and sensory analyses are done at The Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa for stakeholders.

Testing and Analysis Price Listing - pdf

Chemical Analysis

• Moisture
• Ash
• Protein
• Fat
• Starch
• Sugars (Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Maltose, Lactose)
• Crude fibre
• Organic Acids
• Free Fatty Acids
• Fatty Acids Methyl Esters (FAME)
• Saturated Fatty Acids (lauric, myristic, palmitic, stearic)
• Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (Palmitoleic, Oleic, Linolenic, linoleic)
• Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids)
• Water soluble vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, cobalamin, ascorbic acid)
• Fat soluble vitamins ( tocopherol, vitamin A, vitamin D)
• Potassium, K; Sodium, Na; Calcium, Ca; Magnesium, Mg; Aluminium, Al; Iron, Fe; Lead, Pb; Copper, Cu; 
   Zinc, Zn; Manganese, Mn; Arsenic, As; Silver, Ag; Phosphorus, P; Chlorine, Cl.
• Amino acids

Physical Analysis

• Total Soluble Solids
• °Brix
• Colour
• Titratable acidity
• Reducing Value
• Iodine Value
• pH
• Hardness/Firmness
• Packaging materials
• Particle size
• Shelf-life

Microbiological Analysis

a. General Micro Testing:
i. Detection of Coliform by Colitag
ii. Detection of E. coli by Colitag
iii. Total Coliform Count by MF
iv. Total Faecal Coliform Count by MF
v. Total E. coli Count by MF
vi. Aerobic Plate Count for Foods by Petrifilm
vii. Total Coliform Count for Foods by Petrifilm
viii. Total E. coli Count for Foods by Petrifilm

b. Pathogens Testing:
i. Detection of Salmonella species
ii. Detection of Listeria monocytogenes
iii. Detection of Vibrio species
iv. Detection of Vibrio parahaemolyticus

c. Other Micro Analyses:
i. Yeast & Moulds for Foods by Petrifilm
ii. Staphylococcus aureus for Foods by Petrifilm
iii. Heterotrophic Plate Count by MF

Statistical considerations

• Taste testing
• Surveys
• Laboratory & field experiments.