Why Food Testing is Important?
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Why is Food Testing Important

Posted by: TÜV SÜD Expert Date: 30 Mar 2023

The process of buying and selling food has long depended on its quality. However, recent problems with food safety have brought quality control to the forefront of issues with global trade. Food testing is crucial to efficiently producing safe and worthwhile products. Inspection and testing are necessary for the modern food industry to guarantee high quality and safeguard public health, as adulteration is an increasingly significant issue in the food industry.

Food product testing refers to the scientific examination of food and its components. It provides details about the structure, proportions, and physicochemical properties of food, among other characteristics. Even though it may be the final step in the food manufacturing process, it is the most crucial because it determines whether the food is safe to consume.

Importance of Food Testing

Food product testing is essential to ensure the food is safe from physical, chemical, and biological hazards. The advantages of food testing include supporting consumer transparency, facilitating informed purchases, and adhering to food safety regulations.

• Heavy Metals, microbial, drug residues, allergens, radiation and pesticides are examples of food contaminants that are dangerous for consumption. To make healthy decisions and maintain a nutritious diet, consumers must be aware of the dietary elements of the food products they purchase.

• Food testing prevents the ingestion of the substances consumers need to avoid or are allergic to. A food item’s total calorific value, total fat, cholesterol, sugars, protein, and vitamins are listed on the nutritional label.

• Food testing is essential for the food industry for many reasons, including that it meets various requirements, such as evaluating a product’s quality, inspecting and grading food, and nutritional labelling. In addition to these steps, each product’s shelf life and sensory evaluation is analysed in this process. Several analytical, chemical, microbiological, and sensory tests are used in shelf-life testing to ascertain how a product changes as it ages. The term “sensory evaluation” refers to a series of tests by knowledgeable and skilled panellists who evaluate the product using the five senses of taste, touch, sight, and hearing.


Food testing is essential for all food businesses, particularly at this sensitive time. While the primary goal is to ensure that customers receive healthy, reasonably priced food products, it also aids in shielding a manufacturer from speculations and slander.

By checking for contaminants and performing quality analyses on parameters such as heavy metals residual, microbial contamination, nutritional levels, additives, potential allergens and more, businesses can prioritise health and nutrition by enlisting the help of food quality testing laboratories to ensure that food is fit for consumption.

Companies in the food and beverage, nutraceuticals, pharmaceutical, livestock fodder, and biotechnology sectors can use TÜV SÜD’s wide range of analytical and microbiological evaluation services to perform product analysis, quality assurance, and product labelling under domestic and international regulations.

Protein analysers, crude fibre analysers, HPLC, GC-FID, LC-MS/MS, ICP, ion chromatographs (IC), FTIR and scanning electron microscopes are just a few of the equipment TÜV SÜD uses to test food.


Food testing services offered by TÜV SÜD

Food testing certification service
Novel food testing certification service

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