Food manufacturers need to accurately determine the use by or best before dates for their products in order to meet strict regulations and to keep their brand and consumers safe.

Shelf life is a product of physical, microbiological and chemical processes, triggered by any one of a multitude of contributing factors. Product characteristics, including the quality and consistency of ingredients, the moisture content and acidity levels, all play a part, as do external factors like storage, transport and packaging materials.

Given the complexity of factors contributing to the shelf life of food, our experts can offer a bespoke service which is tailor-made to the composition of your products, storage and packaging.

Our laboratories use the latest shelf life testing methods and technology, and are dedicated to the industry's best practices in quality management. Therefore, you can be sure of a high quality, cost effective service which delivers accurate shelf life test results that will help to demonstrate compliance with statutory requirements.

By performing shelf life analyses, you can define accurate dates for your products, ensuring that the quality remains acceptable and safe for consumers. Just some of the analyses our specialists can carry out include tests for:

  • Food-borne micro-organisms such as Listeria, Salmonella, Campylobacter, E.Coli, Yeasts and Moulds, Staphylococcus Aureus, Bacillus Cereus, Lactic Acid Bacteria
  • Total viable count
  • Enterobacteriaceae
  • Moisture content
  • Acidity levels
  • ph
  • Water activity
  • Fat rancidity

Accurate and reliable shelf life testing will reduce the risk of product recalls and identifying the causes of reduced shelf life will help you to improve your products, processes and ultimately your profitability.

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