Food manufacturers need to reduce the risk of E.coli contamination in food products in order to protect the consumer and avoid product recalls.

E.coli is a food-borne bacteria that can be a major cause of food poisoning, resulting in illness and even death in the most severe cases. It can be found in contaminated food such as meat, dairy, raw fruit and vegetable products, contaminated water, on live animals and within their environment, and also in the faeces of infected people.

Testing food products for E.coli, especially E.coli O157:H7, is essential for food producers, manufacturers and retailers so that both consumers and brands are protected, and the risk of costly product recalls can be reduced. Intertek's network of state-of-the-art microbiology laboratories use the latest methods and techniques to provide a fast, reliable and accurate service to test for the full range of potentially harmful hygiene indicators like E.coli, food-borne pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria and Campylobacter and spoilage organisms including Yeasts and Moulds.

Accurate microbiological testing for organisms such as E.coli is important to validate and monitor processes, verify Critical Control Points (CCPs) and provide for due diligence. At Intertek, we constantly review and update our microbiology testing methodologies to keep pace with the ever evolving threats posed by food-borne micro-organisms. This ensures that you consistently deliver safe and quality products to your customers.

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