Food microbiology

Food microbiology

Microbiological food spoilage and food poisoning are two of the major concerns of most food companies. Preventing food poisoning and reducing or delaying spoilage are priorities for all manufacturers and retailers. At Campden BRI, we offer microbiology testing. As well as routine microbiological analysis to determine levels of microorganisms in foods, we can identify what the organisms are, and whether they will affect the shelf-life of the food, as well as investigating the source of any contamination problems. We can evaluate real factory scenarios in our newly commissioned Microbiology Process Hall, and can also offer advice if you have a problem with virus contamination.

We also have expertise in the response of microorganisms to food processing regimes (e.g. washing, heating, high pressure), and can advise on how changes to ingredients, packaging and processing as part of product development might affect microbial shelf-life - identifying the hazards and risks of each situation.

For those companies with in-house microbiological testing facilities, we can offer advice on which methods to use, as well as on laboratory design, with accreditation available through CLAS, the Campden Laboratory Accreditation Scheme. And our newly relaunched Campden Microbiology Proficiency Scheme will help you assess how good your laboratory analyses are.

Does your laboratory undertake pathogen tests for M&S plc and/or Tesco plc? It will need to participate in the Campden BRI Retailer supplementary audit (RSA) scheme to meet these retailers' requirements

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

Where we refer to UKAS Accreditation

The Campden BRI group companies listed below are both accredited in accordance with the recognised International Standard ISO17025:2017 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

Campden BRI (Chipping Campden) Limited is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1079 Campden BRI (Nutfield) is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1207