Microbiology

FULLY EQUIPPED AND STAFFED BY EXPERIENCED
SCIENTISTS AND TECHNICIANS

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Proactive client attention

A leader in microbiological testing, AFL (Analytical Food Laboratories) serves its clients with the highest quality work from analysis and reporting to troubleshooting and consultation. We deliver accurate, timely test results in a clear, concise format which means better decision-making.

Quality can be measured! Our practical approach ensures our clients receive:

  • Research-based testing to deliver credible and accurate results
  • Two-way communication through reporting, problem-solving and face-to-face meetings
  • Compliance with industry standards and contract specifications
  • State-of-the-industry facilities continuously introducing new technologies

Our Microbiology Department is fully equipped and staffed by experienced scientists and technicians qualified to conduct a full range of microbiology analysis on raw goods, ingredients, processed foods and foodservice products for both human and animal consumption.

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The AFL Difference

Microbiological Testing

Methods that meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005, including AOAC, FDA BAM, USDA FSIS, Compendium, Standard Methods for water, and Standard Methods for dairy.

Rapid Results

Exceptional turnaround, including next day PCR results, is a standard operating procedure that sets AFL apart from many laboratories.

Shelf Life Studies

Trained microbiologists create shelf life protocols that meet the individual needs of each product type, this includes real-time and accelerated shelf life options.

Process Validation Studies

AFL will design and perform product specific studies to validate in-plant processing procedures. This is an important part to any HACCP control as a requirement of the new FSMA regulations.

Reporting/Audits/Corrective Action

AFL provides our clients with a real-time approach to data delivery and audit support. With a unique clients-only portal, results are always at your finger tips.

State-of-the-Industry Implementation

Provide wide variety of testing capabilities from routine analyses to complex instrumental methods—Biolog, Vitek2, GDS. Also refer to AFL’s complete list of testing services.

Microbiology Testing Services

Quantitative Aerobic Plate Count
Anaerobic Plate Count
Bacillus cereus
Clostridium perfringens
Coliform Count
Escherichia coli Count
Fecal Coliform Count
Fecal Streptococcal Count
Lactic Acid Bacteria Count
Psychrotrophic Count
Staphylococcus aureus

Qualitative Campylobacter jejuni

Clostridium botulinum, E. coli
0157:H7
Listeria monocytogenes
Listeria spp.
Pseudomonas
Salmonella

Shigella
Staphylococcus Enterotoxin
Top 6 Non O157 E. coli (STEC)
Vibrio

Spore Counts Aerobic
Anaerobic
Flat Sour
Mesophilic
Rope Spore
Sulfide Spoilage
Thermophilic
Thermophilic Anaerobic

Bacterial Identification Biolog
Microscopic Examination
Species Identification
Pharmaceutical / Nutraceutical / Cosmetic Antimicrobial Effectiveness (USP 51)
FDA BAM
LAL endotoxin
Microbial Limits (USP 61 and 2021)
PCTC (CTFA)
Specified Microorganisms (USP 62
and 2022)