Boulder, Colorado

The Boulder laboratory offers mechanical, chemical and microbiological testing to a vast array of markets and industries.

The Boulder, Colorado laboratory (Hauser Division), located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, concentrates on three main sectors of testing: chemical, mechanical, and microbiological. These sectors work in close collaboration with each other to provide a unique approach to problem solving for its clientele.

Known nationally for its strong problem-solving skills, the Hauser Division has continued to provide customers with high quality customized testing services since 1961. Whether its research and development, material selection, compliance testing, product comparisons, failure analysis or litigation support, Microbac's Hauser Division can help.

Over the years, the Hauser Division has provided expertise to a wide variety of industries including: food & beverage, dietary supplements, medical device, aerospace, defense, pipe testing, plastics, polymers, sports & recreation, toys, bicycles, consumer products, health & beauty, pet products, clothing, building materials, electronics, computer storage, renewable energy, agriculture, oil & gas, municipalities, insurance and legal.

  • Steve Ferry

    Managing Director - Hauser Division

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    Phone: 720-406-4800

  • Doug Bert

    Department Manager for Physical

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    Phone: 720.406.4848

  • Ashley Malchow

    Department Manager for Microbiology

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    Phone: 720-406-4810

  • Emily Boyd

    Business Development Manager

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    Phone: 720.406.4857

  • John Hindman

    Engineer III

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    Phone: 720.406.4807

  • Joel Self

    Engineer III

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    Phone: 720.406.4814

  • Russ Willacker

    Associate Engineer II

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    Phone: 720.406.4854

  • Jill Fletcher

    Analyst II

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    Phone: 720.406.4713

  • Whitney Griebel

    Administrative Assistant

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Microbac's Hauser Division in Boulder is a full-service analytical microbiological testing laboratories group with a record of expertise in food safety and food microbiology testing. We are committed to providing quality laboratory test results through rapid turnaround time, outstanding technical support, and personalized customer service. Below we list a number of our food microbiology testing specialties. As a high profile food microbiology testing lab, Microbac adheres to strict standards so that our clients can trust their results. We aim to make food microbiology testing effective, consistent, and straightforward.

Contact us today to learn more about our testing protocols or to obtain a quote for your next project.

Food Microbiology Testing – What lies within

Food microbiology is the study of microorganisms that play major roles in food processing and preservation, general food quality, and may even occur naturally within certain food types. It is important to understand these microorganisms and their relation to the food industry in terms of food spoilage, food-borne illness, or food-related intoxication. The general public’s increasing awareness of foods that are organic, have a long shelf life, or hold very low levels of additives continues to drive interest in foods that contain as little processing as possible.
Microbac is a food microbiology testing laboratory that performs the specialized testing listed below:

Microbac food microbiologists routinely perform food micro testing and analyses applicable to every major food product category, including:

  • Aerobic plate count (to indicate product quality)
  • Campylobacter (poultry products)
  • Clostridium botulinum (canned vegetables)
  • Coliform / E. coli (indicates food product quality and safety)
  • E. coli O:157 H:7 (ground beef and unpasteurized juice products)
  • Lactobacillus (salad dressings and vacuum-packaged products)
  • Listeria (meat, vegetables, deli salads, RTEs, and dairy)
  • Pseudomonas (fresh meat, poultry, and fish)
  • Salmonella (meat, poultry, vegetables, and dairy products)
  • Staphylococcus aureus (deli salads, processed meat, and poultry)
  • Vibrio (fish and seafood)
  • Yeast and mold (sauces, dressings, beverages, and dairy products)

Indicator Organisms:

  • Aerobic Plate Count
  • Anaerobic Plate Count
  • Total coliform Count
  • Generic E. coli Count
  • Enterobacteriacea
  • Lactobacillus species
  • Lactic Acid Bacteria Count
  • Mesophillic Aerobic and Anaerobic Spore Count
  • Thermophillic Aerobic and Anaerobic Spore Count
  • Yeast and Mold Count

Pathogen Detection:

  • Bacillus Cereus
  • Campylobacter species
  • Clostridium botulinum
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • E. coli O:157 H:7
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Pseudomonas species
  • Salmonella species
  • Shigatoxin Producing E. coli (STEC)
  • Staphylococcus aureus


Microbac food microbiologists have a variety of expertise and are more than willing to provide consultation and advice in a number of areas, including:

  • Foodborne Illness Investigations
  • Food Safety and GMP Audits
  • HACCP plan review
  • Microbial Challenge Studies
  • Microbial Risk Assessments
  • Shelf life Studies
  • Vendor Approval and Certification Programs
  • Vendor Quality Audits
  • Troubleshooting audits

For more information about Food Microbiology Testing services, please contact us at 720.406.4800 or microbac_info@microbac.com

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Microbac's Boulder division in bicycle magazine

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