Herbal tonic wines are alcoholic drinks in which medicinal herbs are soaked and extracted. These drinks are considered having various health functions. However, the quality of herbal products is largely influenced by the origin and harvest season of the herbs. Due to its high commercial value, counterfeit often happens. We used high performance liquid chromatography to establish a fingerprint chromatogram of a Chinese herbal tonic wine for its quality control. Samples of 10 different production batches were analyzed to calculate the relative retention time a and the relative peak area A(r) Eight peaks with common characteristics were identified and used to evaluate the existence of main representative components. The results show that the method was convenient and applicable for the quality control of Chinese herbal tonic wine, in particular to monitor quality consistency and to detect counterfeit products.
|Journal||Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|