ROHNER F, FREY SK, MOTHES R, HURTIENNE A, HARTONG S, BOSSO PE, BUI M, SCHWEIGERT FJ, NORTHROP-CLEWES C.
September 2011, International Journal for Vitamin and Mineral Research
Vitamin A deficiency continues to be a global public health problem. Fortification of oil with vitamin A is considered a cost-effective, feasible strategy to prevent this problem but quality control poses a challenge to program implementation. To overcome this, we have validated a newly developed device that quantitatively measures the content of retinyl palmitate in refined palm oil, is simple to use, and yields immediate results.Linearity of analysis ranged from 2.5 – 30 mg retinol equivalents (RE)/ kg of palm oil, with 2.5 mg RE/kg being the determination limit; inter- and intra-assay precision ranged from 1.4 – 7.1 %. Comparison with a high-performance liquid chromatography method showed high agreement between the methods (R(2) = 0.92; Limits of Agreement: -1.24 mg to 2.53 mg RE/kg), and further comparisons illustrate that the new device is useful in low-resource settings. This device offers a field- and user-friendly solution to quantifying the vitamin A content in refined palm oil.