Bacterial identification of food borne pathogens, shelf life evaluation, routine microbiological monitoring of food quality and manufacturing practices.

Analysis of Regulated Products

We provide bacterial identification of food borne pathogens, shelf life evaluation, routine microbiological monitoring of food quality and manufacturing practices.

We test for the following organisms

Bacillus cereus Clostridium perfringens Standard Plate Count – aerobic
Bacillus cereus Listeria monocytogenes Standard Plate Count – anaerobic
Coliforms – total Pseudomonas Staphylococcus aureus
Coliforms – fecal Psychrophiles Steptococcus
E. coli Salmonella Thermoduric count
E. coli 0157:H7 Shigella Vibrio chloerae
Enterococcus Yeast and mold
Yersinia

Indicator Organisms

Microbes can cause infection and manufacturers of regulated products are obligated to maintain evidence that demonstrates that their products are free from microbial contamination. Microbes affect all classes of products and cause spoilage in foods and cosmetics. Since many natural health products contain herbal components, it is imperative to conduct full microbial testing prior to release for sale.

There are many different types of microbes and it would be difficult to conduct tests for all possible microbes in a given product. This is why the regulated industry has decided to test for a set of indicator organisms in each product. Each health product, prior to release for sale, needs to be tested for Total Aerobic Bacterial counts, e. Coli, Salmonella, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus, Yeast and Mold.

Preservative Efficacy

In order to prevent spoilage due to microbial contamination one strategy in formulation is to include chemical agents that prevent microbial growth. These agents are broadly described as preservatives and are present at very low concentrations. In order to evaluate the efficacy of preservatives specific tests designed to challenge the concentration and effectiveness of these agents are conducted.

Different countries across the world have different specific tests for the evaluation of preservative efficacy. We provide international consultation services to answer your important requirements

Micro-Vitamin Analysis

In natural health products some vitamins (Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid) are included at micro-gram quantities. Consequently, instrumentation techniques such as HPLC are not sensitive enough to detect and quantify these ingredients at these levels.

Turbidimetric Analysis where specific organisms that utilize specific micro-vitamins to grow are often much more sensitive and can be employed when product matrices are complicated. In turbidimetric analysis the microbial growth is related to the concentration of the specific micro vitamins permitting quantification to the nanogram level.

Services

  • Total Microbial Counts

  • Enrichment Tests

  • Screening of Pathogens

  • Preservative Challenge Tests

  • Particulate Matter Determination (HIAC ROYCO, Microscopic)

  • Probiotics Count

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Regular Service for routine sample turnaround time is 7- 10 business days.
Rush Service available for 5 day and 2 day turnaround at additional rates.

Request Services

Regular Service for routine sample turnaround time is 7- 10 business days. Rush Service available for 5 day and 2 day turnaround at additional rates.