Shelf Life at Microbac

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Free resources from Microbac

  • Listen to free replay of Microbac and Trevor Craig's monthly webinar from January 2023: Get a Grip on Food Shelf Life & Challenge Studies here
  • Free registration to Microbac's upcoming monthly food webinars here
  • Free replay of Microbac's previous food webinars here
  • Free replay stream of Food Safety Matters shelf life podcast episode from January 2023 with Microbac's Trevor Craig here

Why partner with Microbac?

The shelf life of a product must be backed by legitimate data to meet the requirements of regulatory agencies, consumers, and retail partners. We have been perfecting our food testing capabilities for more than 50 years. Therefore, delivering the highest levels of analytical quality available. Coupled with our testing specialists, who possess years of experience in shelf life determinations, Microbac delivers the most trustworthy results in the industry.

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Our Shelf Life Testing Capabilities

We customize each study to ensure that the shelf life determination meets your specific product needs.


These are the factors our specialists consider when setting up the testing protocol for a given study:


Mold Growth; Aerobic Bacteria; Other Indicator Organisms


Antimicrobial Susceptibility Due To Changes Over Time


Monitoring the Effect of Oxygen on the Product and Measuring Fat + Oil Compounds Over Time


Degradation of Vitamins, Nutraceutical Active Ingredients, and Other Unstable Compounds; Loss or Gain of Moisture

Our Shelf Life Capabilities

Pet Food
Dietary Supplements
Human Food
  • Additives
  • Ingredients
  • Dairy Products
  • Produce
  • Juice
  • Beverages
  • Frozen foods
  • Confectionary
  • Candy
  • Snacks
  • Speciality upon request

Shelf Life Study Conditions

< 0°C
25°C with and w/o 60% relative humidity
30°C with and w/o 75% relative humidity

Choose Your Adventure, the Microbac Way

Shelf Life Packages to Choose From

Complete Study

Interpreted Report is Deliverable
Storage: We will store your product at the requested temperature(s) for the duration of the estimated shelf life of your study
Pull Times: We will pull and test your product between 5-7 pull times within the storage shelf life study time frame
Data is evaluated throughout the study to monitor any changes
In the event that we reach the end of shelf life prior to the expected time frame, the study is stopped for reporting
A draft preliminary report could be distributed for shelf life studies that are long in time frame (1 year plus)

Storage Study

Certificate of Analysis (COA) is Deliverable
Same as complete study but without data evaluation
Microbac receives your products for storage at the desired temperature for the duration of the shelf life of your study
Product is pulled and tested 5-7 times (can be recommended from Microbac or client)
COA is provided after each pull time when results are completed (no interpretation/data evaluation)
Storage fees apply

Routine Testing

Certificate of Analysis (COA) is Deliverable
You store and submit the samples to Microbac for testing as needed
COA is provided after each pull time
Essentially, this is standard testing
No interpretation of data

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