New CRM for Selenomethionine in yeast developed by NRC Canada is now on the market
Institute for National Measurement Standards, National Research Council Canada recently completed the certification of selenized yeast reference material SELM-1.
Mineral supplementation represents a sizeable portion of the
multibillion dollar nutritional supplement / functional food / animal
feed business. Many of the supplemented metals are added as metal
enriched yeast (i.e., Zn, Cr, Se) to the final formulation. However,
there are currently no Certified Reference Materials available for
quality control of measurements characterizing these supplements.
In the case of Se enriched yeast, the question of the quality of the
product is even more difficult because most of the Se present is
covalently bound to carbon, forming the non-canonical amino acid
selenomethionine. Most of the functionality claims for Se
enriched yeast are related to its SeMet content.
Selenium Enriched Yeast Certified
Reference Material: SELM-1
* certification valid until Nov. 2006
||CERTIFIED VALUES SELM-1|
|| 2059 ± 64|
|| 3431 ± 157|
|| 5758 ± 277|
It is intended that the expanded uncertainty UCRM
encompasses every aspect that reasonably contributes to the uncertainty
of the measurand (e.g. measurement uncertainty, homogeneity,
stability). A coverage factor of 2 was applied.
For more information about the material please contact
Dr. R.E. Sturgeon
National Research Council of Canada
Institute for National Measurement Standards
M-12, 1500 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0R6
Telephone (613) 993-2359
Facsimile (613) 993-2451
or visit the website at