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Certificate of Analysis

The LCBO requires an annual Certificate of Analysis for all listed products. If the vendor does not supply an acceptable Certificate of Analysis, the LCBO Quality Assurance Department will conduct the testing and charge back the vendor for the analysis. A Certificate of Analysis will be issued to the vendor after completion of the testing.

Vendors may supply their own Certificate of Analysis providing that it is produced by an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory that is accredited for the analyses being reported and it covers every test required by the LCBO.

Required Laboratory Information

The Certificate of Analysis should reference the following:

  • The laboratory's ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation
  • The name of the laboratory's accreditation registrar

If this information is not on the certificate, it must accompany the certificate. The LCBO Quality Assurance Department will use this information to verify the laboratory's accreditation.

Required Analyses

The components of interest are primarily for regulatory purposes. This list may be expanded based on new regulatory requirements.

Analysis Wine &
Cider
Beer &
Sake
Spirits
(standardized)
Non-standardized
products
Alcohol X X X X
Free SO2 X      
Total SO2 X X    
Sugar X X Vodka & liqueurs  
Sorbic Acid X X   Coolers
Potassium
Ferrocyanide
X X Spirits from pitted fruits Products from pitted fruits
Volatile Acidity X X    
Ethyl Carbamate X X X X
Arsenic X X   Wine or beer based products
Lead X X X X
Synthetic Dyes       All coloured products
Pesticides X X   Wine & beer based coolers
Methanol     X Distillate based products
Thujone       Products containing wormwood
Ochratoxin A X X   Wine and beer based coolers

The following synthetic dyes must be quantitated if present: Allura Red (Red 40), Amaranth, Erythrosine, Tartrazine, Sunset Yellow FCF, Indigotine, Fast Green FCF and Brilliant Blue FCF. All other synthetic dyes are illegal in Canada.

Pesticide analysis must include the following pesticides: Azinphos-methyl, Carbaryl, Chlorpyrifos-methyl, Diazinon, Dichloran, Dichlofluanid, Dicofol, Dimethoate, Fenarimol, Imidan, Iprodione, Methiocarb, Myclobutanil, Parathion, Phosalone, Procymidone, Triadimefon, Vinclozolin. This list may be expanded to cover more pesticides of interest.

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