Agriculture and Food Rapid Food Microbiological Testing
Rapid food microbiological testing from SGS – microbiological testing to ensure food products are pathogen free, faster.
Food borne pathogens that reach consumers can cause illness and even death. Contaminated products that reach the food chain, even if they are discovered before causing harm, can do irreparable damage to a brand and its manufacturer. At a minimum, the release of contaminated food products will result in a costly product recall and destruction exercise.
Rapid food microbiological testing offers quicker turnaround times than traditional methods. Typically, we deliver results in two to three days. Our testing verifies the presence, or absence, of pathogens thereby helping companies to ensure that contaminated products are not released into the supply chain.
To help ensure the delivery of safe food, we test raw ingredients and end products using microbiological identification techniques including:
- Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
- VIDAS® automated food pathogen detection
Pathogens tested for include:
- Salmonella spp.
- Salmonella enteriditis
- Listeria monocytogenes
- Listeria spp.
- E. coli O157:H7
- Non-O157 STEC
- Campylobacter spp.
- Campylobacter jejuni
- Cronobacter spp.
- Shigella spp.
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Vibrio parahaemolyticus
- Bacillus cereus
- Yesinia enterocolitica
- Clostridium perfringens
Choosing a reliable, consistent testing partner is vital to your success. Any failure to conduct effective and accurate microbiology testing can be just as damaging as releasing contaminated goods for distribution – a false positive test can result in the destruction or recall of perfectly acceptable products.
Why choose SGS?
Experts in our global network of food testing laboratories operate consistently and to the same high standards around the world.
Rapid food testing can identify microbiological issues quickly, prevent reputational damage and harm to human health. Contact your local SGS office today to find out more.