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Food Microbiology Testing

Get certified with globally recognised microbiological standards.

What is food microbiology testing?

Food microbiology testing for pathogens and organisms can help ensure the safety and hygiene of your products and mitigate risks that can be detrimental to human health.

At TÜV SÜD, we provide a wide range of microbiological analysis services. These include both classical methods and modern methods (such as ELISA tests and PCR tests) for rapid results of microbiological testing of food products. Furthermore, our experts can advise you on an appropriate product audit based on best-recommended methods and most reliable for your specific needs.

At our microbiology food testing laboratories, testing and certification are provided with multiple benefits:

  • Mitigate risk – by minimizing quality and safety issue with independent testing.

  • Save time and money – TÜV SÜD is a one-stop solutions provider that can serve your company’s need.

  • Shorten time to market – with the help of our sophisticated infrastructure and advance knowledge of regulations.

  • Enhanced quality and productivity – TÜV SÜD works with you along the entire product development lifecycle to ensure compliance to national and international standards.

  • Inspire confidence by ensuring your products and processes comply with national and international standards, you inspire greater confidence in your buyer.

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

Our microbiological analysis encompasses a manner of different solutions, including:

  • Pathogens

    • Salmonella

    • Listeria

    • E.coli 0157

    • Campylobacter

    • Shigella

    • Vibrio

    • Legionell

  • Typical hygiene indicators

    • Coliforms

    • E.coli

    • Enterobacteriaceae

    • Staphylococcus aureus

Total Viable Count (TVC)
Yeast and Moulds
Environmental Monitoring
Shelf life studies

We also conduct:.

• Food contamination testing and veterinary drug determination
Process and product audit (according to customer requirements)
Supplier audit (to minimise the risk from external sources)

Types of Food Categories that TÜV SÜD supports

At TÜV SÜD, we operate with highly experienced professionals and a state-of-the-art infrastructure to deliver excellence in food microbiology testing. The prime objective is to mitigate risks to human health. With that in focus, we adhere to the best hygiene standards and most advanced methods of microbiological testing of food products.

 

  • Food & Agricultural Products

    Agricultural produce and retail packaged food need to meet regulatory standards, and manufacturers must prove that the products are safe for consumption.

  • Honey & honey products

    As an animal product, the production volume and quality of honey are prone to variation. For the retail market, it is necessary to be cautious of adulteration and microbial contamination.

  • Infant food

    Considering the vulnerability of the consumers of these products, it is imperative to adhere to a strict code of hygiene and safety.

  • Marine/seafood & Aquacultural products

    Perishable materials like seafood have a sensitive testing and consumption timeline. TÜV SÜD deals with microbiological testing of food products that must be dispatched to the markets well before spoilage.

  • Meat & meat products

    As with all animal-based food items, the meat industry also operates on strict timelines. The risks and stakes with meat products are much higher.

  • Milk & dairy products

    Various national and international food safety and regulatory requirements need to be fulfilled to ensure the authenticity and standard of milk and dairy products.

  • Poultry & poultry products

    Considering the increasing foodborne illness globally, newer and stricter safety and hygiene norms are being enforced with each passing year. Poultry and poultry products are always under scrutiny by the field of food microbiology research.

  • Processed food

    Processed foods need to follow safety regulations with chemicals, food colours, preservatives, etc. Processed foods in retail have to keep track of the various regional regulations and standards.

  • Nutraceuticals

    There is an overwhelming demand from consumers that healthcare, alternative medicine, nutraceuticals and dietary supplement products not just meet but exceed quality regulations.

  • Animal food & feeds

    TÜV SÜD provides premium inspection, testing and audit services to ensure the quality and safety of feed and animal husbandry commodities.

 

Food Microbiology Testing Lab Locations

TÜV SÜD has spread itself densely around India. With a total of thirty-eight offices and labs in thirteen states, TÜV SÜD has a high-functioning India chapter. We have a network of modern food microbiology testing labs with state-of-the-art technologies across the nation.
Microbiological food testing services are available in India at the following locations:

 • Mumbai, Maharashtra
 • Vizag, Andhra Pradesh
 • Bangalore, Karnataka
 • Gurgaon, Haryana

WHY CHOOSE TÜV SÜD?

TÜV SÜD is an independent certification body, which is accredited to globally recognised microbiological standards. Our experienced experts can help you gain the trust of your customers by making sure that we deliver only the highest possible quality of microbiological testing of food products. Various regulatory and standards bodies around the world have given their approvals to TÜV SÜD. Our approvals include FSSAI, Export Inspection Council, APEDA, Bureau of Indian Standards, AGMARK, etc.

We are accredited with:

DAkkS, Germany as per ISO / IEC 17021
NABL and IAS (USA) as per ISO 17025:2005
NABCB as per ISO / IEC 17020 and 17021

We use the following testing standards:

FSSC 22000
BRC Global Food Standard
ISO 22000
ISO 9001
GMP+
GMHP Audit
GCP Audit
ISO 22716

Some of our recognitions for microbiological food testing are:

SFDA
Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Indonesia
Japan Health Ministry

FAQs

  • What is the importance of microbiological examination of food?

    Food microbiology testing for pathogens and organisms can help ensure the safety and hygiene of products and mitigate risks that can be detrimental to human health. With the food industry being subjected to increasing scrutiny, testing to ensure compliance with food safety regulations and protect public health is necessary.

  • What are the testing methods used by TUV SUD for food microbiology testing?

    Our microbiological food testing services encompass different solutions, including:

    Pathogens
    Salmonella
    Listeria
    E.coli 0157
    Campylobacter
    Shigella
    Vibrio
    Legionella
    Typical hygiene indicators
    Coliforms
    E.coli
    Enterobacteriaceae
    Staphylococcus aureus
    Total Viable Count (TVC)
    Yeast and Moulds
    Environmental Monitoring
    Shelf-life studies

  • How are microbial limits and specified microorganisms determined?

    Microbial limits and specified microorganisms are determined through two methods:

    1.The quantitative phase, Microbial Enumeration, gives you the total number of aerobic organisms, total yeast and mould count on a product. 
    2.The qualitative phase of a microbial limits test is known as the Test for Specified Microorganisms.

     

  • How does food microbiology testing apply to the food safety industry?

    The prime objective is to mitigate risks to human health. Food microbiology testing for pathogens and organisms can help ensure the safety and hygiene of products and mitigate risks that can be detrimental to human health.

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