Microbiological challenge testing

Challenge testing

Just because an organism is in a product, it does not mean that it poses a problem or will compromise product shelf–life. Most pathogens and spoilage organisms will need to survive and grow in order to reach levels at which the food is compromised.

Microbiological challenge testing is a practical study to determine the behaviour of relevant organisms if they should be present in a product. It involves deliberate inoculation of the product with relevant organisms. The product is then stored and tested for these organisms during shelf life.

Campden BRI offers expert advice and guidance on challenge testing shelf life determination and can undertake challenge tests with a wide range of organisms including Escherichia coli O157 and Clostridium botulinum.

Contact us

If you would like further information about challenge testing please email us at information@campdenbri.co.uk or call our switchboard on +44(0)1386 842000 and they will be happy to direct your call to the relevant person.