Analytical Food Laboratories (AFL) in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has come a long way since it was started in 1992 by president/ CEO Rebecca Pfundheller.
Back then it was a small, low-cost business, with her husband, who is a teacher, helping pick up samples in the summer. Now the company, which does third-party testing for the food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and nutraceutical industries, runs two shifts of more than 60 employees and operates seven days a week, 365 days a year. In 2014, we completed more than 225,000 testsfor hundreds of international,national,regional and local clients.
In those early days, Pfundheller used space from a former employer who was in the cosmetic industry, paying low rent in exchange for doing free testing for him. Currently, the company operates out of a 12,000-square-foot space and is in the process of moving to a 25,000-square-foot facility.
"We started off with food—food microbiology was our mainstay," Pfundheller said of how the business has grown. "We've expanded into chemistry and also product quality and USP [United States Pharmacopeia] testing. We have a full-service chemistry laboratory right now that does all types of chemistry analyses."
The ISO 17025-certified laboratory now has five different departments:
- Microbiology (which also does research),
- USP microbiology
- Analytical chemistry
- Wet chemistry
- A department focused on the restaurant and food service/hospitality industries
AFL was certainly "put to the test" February 2015 when a devastating fire destroyed our facility. While the fire destroyed the facility, it did not destroy the attitude and commitment to being the best independent, 3rdparty laboratory in the industry. Illustrated by the fact that just 4 short months post-fire, AFL opened its doors to a 14,000 square-foot transitional facility in July.
In fact, our Product Quality and Nutrition departments never missed a step, operating fully the day after the fire. Currently our Micro department is up and running along with USP. Chemistry also has capabilities to provide our most common tests such as environmental allergens, moisture, fats and aflatoxins. In many cases new, state-of-the-industry instrumentation allows for better and streamlined testing.
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