Conformity of Fruit Nectar Samples to Libyan Specification Standards


  • Ahmeda Algari Alzagtat University of Tripoli, Libya
  • Rema Yousef Eledody Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agricultural, University of Tripoli



Fruit nectars, Physical analysis, Chemical analysis, Microbiological analysis, Heavy metals


The aim of this study is to evaluate the quality characteristics of physical, chemical and microbiological of some fruit nectar samples produced from some local and imported companies and sold in the city of Tripoli, and to determine their conformity with Libyan specification standards. In this study, 40 samples of different fruit nectars (grape, pineapple, guava, orange, apple, and mixed fruits) were collected from different local supermarket, five imported companies and 4 domestic which were available at the time of study. The Samples were classified based on their type of fruit nectars and also marked as (A, B, C, D) and (E, F, L, M, N) for different domestic or imported and imported companies respectively. The results showed that all the samples were free from artificial colours added. Local and imported samples were conform with the Libyan specification standards (990-2014) for fruit nectars. Five local and four imported samples were unconfirmed with the standards. In terms of acidity, some local and imported samples were conform to the Libyan specification standards, except one local sample and 5 imported samples. However, 35.3% of local samples and 43.5% of the imported samples unconfirmed to the Libyan standard specifications. Microbiological results showed that all local and imported samples were free from total bacterial count, yeasts and molds and coliform bacteria. Heavy metals (cadmium, lead, arsenic, copper, zinc, iron) of local and imported samples were conform to the Libyan specification standard, except 3 samples of imported products were had higher arsenic concentration. Based on the results of this study which indicated the importance of quality control programs for such products not only during production but also during storage and sales due to possibility of contamination and spoilage.

Author Biography

Ahmeda Algari Alzagtat, University of Tripoli, Libya

Food Science Department, Agricutural Collage, University of Tripoli




How to Cite

Alzagtat, A. A., & Eledody, R. Y. (2016). Conformity of Fruit Nectar Samples to Libyan Specification Standards. Turkish Journal of Agriculture - Food Science and Technology, 4(7), 524–530.



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