Microbiological analysis and testing
Microbiological analysis of food products is the use of biological, biochemical, molecular or chemical methods for the detection, identification or enumeration of microorganisms in a material (e.g. food, drink, environmental or clinical sample). It is often applied to disease causing and spoilage microorganisms.
End-product testing remains a vital part of any food manufacturing control strategy. In products in which microorganisms can survive and grow, routine microbiological analysis is important to confirm that manufacturing control mechanisms are effective. It is also necessary for the checking of raw material quality (e.g. to confirm that they are within specification), or for investigating customer complaints.
At Campden BRI, we undertake a wide range of tests covering pathogens, spoilage organisms, and indicator organisms (those that, although not a problem in themselves, might indicate that there is a potential or hidden problem in the production chain). We can also identify unknown microorganisms, and classify them to a specific strain, and offer advice on the latest rapid methods. This all takes place in our purpose built laboratory suite, which provides excellent separation of activities and the highest standard of laboratory practice.
If you have your own in-house microbiological testing facilities, our newly relaunched Campden Microbiology Proficiency Scheme will help you assess how good your laboratory analyses are.
Where we refer to UKAS Accreditation
The Campden BRI group companies listed below are both accredited in accordance with the recognised International Standard ISO/IEC 17025:2005 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The accreditation demonstrates technical competence for a defined scope of methods, specific to each site, as detailed in the schedules of accreditation bearing the testing laboratory number. The schedules may be revised from time to time and reissued by UKAS. The most recent issue of the schedules are available from the UKAS website www.ukas.com
Campden BRI (Chipping Campden) Limited is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1079 Campden BRI (Nutfield) is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1207