To Help Confirm Food Quality & Safety

Nutritional Labels

Every minute a sample is with us for nutritional labeling, your product is not turning a profit for you. Whether it’s a new product, formula adjustment or label verification, Microbac sets the standard for time-sensitive service. We now offer the fastest TAT in the industry – five business days – for a standard NLEA nutritional label.

GMO Analysis

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) analysis and detection is a growing demand as consumer interests and concerns heighten around the contents of food products. GMO testing is a priority interest for many commercial crop growers and producers of tomatoes, soybeans or corn.

Our specialized food-science team utilizes PCR-based analysis of the DNA from these crops to deliver a quick and definitive answer as to whether a sample contains any GMO material. This information is critical for maintaining production standards, labeling product claims and protecting brand position on the topic of GMOs.

Ingredient Authenticity

Our laboratory utilizes genetic testing, including PCR, ELISA and HRMA, to perform Food Product Authentication.

Allergens

Since 2005, the FDA has required manufacturers to label their products with regards to eight specific allergens: Milk, Eggs, Fish, Shellfish, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans and Tree Nuts. These allergens are responsible for over 90% of the documented food allergen-related cases. The FDA estimates that approximately 2% of adults and 5% of children in the population are allergic to at least one or more of these food groups.

We employ techniques such as the Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to detect levels of these contaminants at concentrations in the low parts per million (ppm) range. These techniques detect the food allergen at the molecular level and provide a quick and definitive result that allows manufacturers to dispose of or re-label contaminated products before they are released. It also alerts producers to areas of their facilities that need to be decontaminated or to production lines that need to be used for other products.

Contaminants

The safety and quality of your food is a shared priority for producers and consumer worldwide. Food contaminants and pesticide residue are a global food health concern. Microbac offers a full suite of analytical testing to detect pesticides, mycotoxins, dioxins, veterinary drugs, heavy metals and more.

Molecular - Next Generation Sequencing

Molecular capabilities allow for a quick determination of, and solutions to, various problems within the Food Industry. Microbac’s newest addition is Next Generation Sequencing (NGS). NGS allows verification of labeling claims as to the purity of botanical products, probiotics and dietary supplements and rapidly identifies adulterants within these types of samples. Fermented products are known to be problematic for routine microbial analysis as the communities are very complex.

Fermented products usually undergo several layers of fermentation and additions of cultures to reach the final stage that complicates targeted analysis. NGS removes these barriers by analyzing all DNA within a sample and separating out the individual plants and organisms based on genetic variation and diversity.