Quality Control (QC)

The QC Branch under the Research and Development Quality Division of Malaysian Pepper Board offers laboratory analysis or testing for Malaysian pepper prior to export. MPB Central Testing Laboratory in Kuching has gained international recognition through the MS ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation scheme in the scope of Chemical and Microbiology while the regional analysis laboratories in MPB Sarikei and Sibu in the scope of Chemical only. This is to ensure that the quality and food security standards for pepper export at the international level are fulfilled.

The Roles of QC Branch

  • Provide an immediate, reliable ​and recognisable ​​tests, for the quality and safety parameters of pepper and related products, to industrial pepper/spices;
  • Work closely with the​ pepper​ industry to ​develop or improve value added pepper/spices products;
  • Transfer relevant knowledge ​and technical ​expertise ​​to the​ pepper/spices industry with the aim to assist the industry to be more competitive in the global market; and
  • Continuously improve technical services to pepper/spices industry.

Services provided


Mechanical (Physical)

Includes analysis of pepper samples for grading/monitoring purposes for Moisture Content, Extraneous Matter, Light Berries, Mouldy Berries in Whole Black and Whole White Pepper; Black Berries in Whole White Pepper and Particle Size of Ground Black and Ground White Pepper.

Intrinsic Chemistry

Analysis for natural chemical content determination in pepper samples such as Piperine, Volatile Oil (VO), Non-Volatile Ether Extract (NVEE), Total Ash, Acid Insoluble Ash (AIA) and Aroma Profile in Pepper.


Analysis to determine the Micro-organism Content in pepper samples. These include Aerobic Plate Count, Yeasts & Moulds Count, Total Coliforms and Pathogenic Bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp.

Extrinsic Chemistry

Analysis done to determine other chemical contaminants present in pepper samples such as Pesticide Residues, Elemental Analysis and Mycotoxins;

Determination of Growth Origin

Profiling analysis to determine the country of growth origin of pepper samples.

Activities of QC Branch

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Contact Us!

Malaysian Pepper Board
Lot 1115, Jalan Utama, 93450, Kuching, Sarawak
Tel       :    +6 082 331811
Fax      :    +6 082 336877
Email  :    info@mpb.gov.my
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