Lab Testing for Food Products
Analytical testing is an all-inclusive term that covers techniques and test methods used to determine the physical characteristics, microbial levels and chemical composition of a specimen. Because so many of the tests and types of equipment used in analytical laboratories are highly complex and specific, the field can seem impossible to understand, however, the science behind all of its applications is proven.
In the food industry, human lives — as well as companies’ brand reputation and capital — depend on the production and delivery of high-quality safe food products. Companies in all aspects of the supply chain are providing food into general commerce, must have adequate testing services to ensure the food is safe for consumption.
Whether you oversee a farm or growing operation, manage a human or animal food processing facility or provide food storage or distribution, producing safe food products that are not contaminated with bacterial pathogens is vital in many ways. Unsafe food products are detrimental in many aspects and could even lead to recall, withdraw and long-lasting damage to brand reputation. Professional and trustworthy food test laboratories, such as Log10, help companies continue with a reputation of producing safe and quality products. Our team of skilled professionals provide both technical expertise and individualized client-oriented services to help detect, eliminate and prevent pathogens from food, feed and environments.
For analytical testing price tables, see below.
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The Role of Food Testing Laboratories in the Food Industry
From accurately identifying microbes in a food product to chemical analysis and labeling regulations, it is imperative that food test laboratories utilize both the highest-quality technical talent and accredited testing methods.
Food companies need delivery of highly reliable results in the quickest turnaround times possible in order to continue uninterrupted production. Utilizing a lab like Log10 allows companies to be virtually unimpeded by events that could disrupt seamless production such as notifications of microbial contamination.
Most current food manufacturers leverage internal quality management systems to ensure quality products reach the consumer. Ensuring food safety that meets all standards and regulations referred to in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), a company’s own Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plan, as well as additional measures for companies that export food products to the European Union, often requires timely testing and guidance conducted by food safety experts like the professionals at Log10.
Analytical Testing Services
In addition to companies choosing to screen food products and environments for dangerous pathogens, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that all packaged food products for retail consumption are appropriately labeled with nutritional information such as the amounts of fats, sugar, sodium, cholesterol, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals found in that product. This allows consumers to make informed choices about their own nutrition.
To make sure that companies are able to meet food quality and safety standards, Log10 offers many analytical services. Standard pricing for our most common analytical tests are included below. If you do not see an analysis you are interested in,
please contact us directly for information on availability and pricing. Incremental price discounts are available based on annual sales volumes across all Log10® services utilized by a company.
Chemical analysis determines the chemical composition of food products including pH, percent (%) moisture, water activity, fat and protein content, etc.
|Analysis||Method #||Matrices||Std. Turnaround Time||$ Per Sample|
|% Moisture||USDA CLG-MOI.04||Meat, poultry, and processed products||2 Days||$18.00|
|aw (Water Activity)||Health Canada MFLP-66||Food||1 Day||$25.00|
|pH||AOAC® 981.12||Food||1 Day||$10.00|
|Thiobarbituric Acid (TBA)||OxiSelect TBARS Assay||Variety of foods||2 Days||$80.00|
|Titratable Acidity||USDA Technical Procedures Manual 2013||Fruit and vegetable juices, mustard and sauce, mayonnaise, salad dressing and dressings for foods, vinegar||1 Day||$22.00|
Chemical & Microbial Identification Analyses
|Analysis||Method #||Matrices||Std. Turnaround Time||$ Per Sample|
|16s rRNA Sequencing; Listeria a||—-||Food & Environmental samples||3 Wks.||$140.00c|
|Catalase Test||ASM 11Nov10||All Isolates||1 Day||$10.00|
|Fructose-6-phosphate Phosphoketolase Assay||TEM-72-7211-29||All Isolates||1 Day||$60.00|
|Gram Stain||BAM R32||All Isolates||1 Day||$15.00|
|Oxidase Test||ASM 11Nov10||All Isolates||1 Day||$15.00|
|Serology; Salmonella spp.b||—-||Food & Environmental samples||3 Wks||$220.00c|
|Serology; STEC E. coli b||—-||Food & Environmental samples||3 Wks||$195.00c|
|Serology; Other b||—-||Food & Environmental samples||Contact Us||Contact Us|
a Sequencing completed by GeneWiz. Additional S&H Charges will be applied.
b Serological identification completed by NeoSeek Genetic Testing Services. Additional S&H Charges will be applied.
c Plus Shipping & Handling
Microbial testing investigates microorganisms that could be contaminating food products or processing equipment or environments. It should be noted that microbiology is the primary science behind Log10 laboratory, specializing in probiotic and pathogen detection, isolation and enumeration — making it the top choice for microbiological testing in the U.S. Our food scientists use the most current accredited and validated testing methods available in a biological level II (BSL2) testing laboratory, following the Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC) test methods. We regularly screen for some of the most hazardous foodborne pathogens, including but not limited to E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella, Staphylococcus and Clostridium.
|Analysis||Sample Size||Method #||Matrices||Std. Turnaround Time||$ Per Sample|
|Pour Plate Methods|
|Aerobic Plate Count (APC)||Swabs||APHA Chapter 3||Environmental Swabs||2 Days||$19.00|
|Anaerobic Plate Count;||25g, 50g||APHA Chapter 6||Food||2 Days||$25.00|
|Bacillus spp.||25g, 50g||BAM Chapter 17||Food||2 Days||$25.00|
|Bacillus cereus||50g||BAM Chapter 17 (Bacara Agar)||Food||3 Days||$40.00|
|Bacillus cereus||50g||NF ISO 1640||Food||3 Days||$27.00|
|Bifidobacterium spp.||25g, 50g or Swabs||TEM-72-7211-35a||Food & Environmental Swabs||3 Days||$25.00|
|Enterococcus spp.||25g, 50g||APHA Chapter 9||Food||2 Days||$25.00|
|Lactic Acid Bacteria||25g, 50g or Swabs||APHA Chapter 19||Food & Environmental Swabs||2 Days||$18.00|
|Lactobacillus spp.||Swabs||TEM-72-7211-35a||Environmental Swabs||2 Days||$22.00|
|Lactobacillus spp.||25g, 50g||TEM-72-7211-35a||Food||2 Days||$25.00|
|Listeria monocytogenes enumeration||25g, 50g||BAM Chapter 10||Food||2 Days||$31.00|
|Pediococcus spp.||25g, 50g||TEM-72-7211-27a||Food||2 Days||$28.00|
|Salmonella spp. enumeration||25g, 50g||BAM Chapter 5||Food||1 Day||$25.00|
|Yeast & Mold||Swabs||BAM Chapter 18||Environmental Swabs||3-5 Days||$20.00|
|Yeast & Mold||25g, 50g||Health Canada MFHPB-22||Food||3-5 Days||$24.00|
|EU Export Analysis; Salmonella spp./Enterobacteriaceae||Salmonella spp. 125g/Ebac 5g||(EBAC) NF Validation: 3M 01/06-09/97 (Salmonella) AOAC® PTM 100201||Pet food||2 Days||$55.00|
|EU Export Analysis; Salmonella spp.||125g||AOAC® PTM 100201||Meat, poultry, fruit and vegetable products, dairy products, chocolate/bakery products, pasta, dry pet food||2 Days||$30.00|
|X-Test Indicator Analysis||Swabs||TEM-72-7211-18a||Environmental swabs||2 Days||$13.00|
|X-Test Indicator Analysis||25g||TEM-72-7211-18a||Foods||2 Days||$13.00|
|X-Test Indicator Analysis||50g||TEM-72-7211-18a||Foods||2 Days||$14.00|
|X-Test Indicator Analysis||125g||TEM-72-7211-18a||Foods||2 Days||$16.00|
|X-Test Indicator Analysis||375g||TEM-72-7211-18a||Foods||2 Days||$18.00|
|Total Coliform, E. coli||100ml||Standard Methods 9222 B (m-Endo Agar)||Agricultural water||2 Days||$41.00|
|Total Coliform, E. coli||100ml||Standard Methods 9213 D (mTEC agar)||Agricultural water||2 Days||$57.00|
|Total Coliform, E. coli (Presence/Absence)||100ml||E*Colite®||Agricultural water||2 Days||$39.00|
|Total Coliform, E. coli (Presence/Absence)||100ml||Readycult®||Agricultural water||1 Day||$41.00|
|Air Plate Enumeration|
|Aerobic Plate Count (APC)||Air plate||APHA Chapter 3||Environmental air plate||2 Days||$10.00|
|Yeast & Mold||Air plate||APHA Chapter 3||Environmental air plate||5 Days||$18.00|
|3MTM Petrifilm Methods|
|Aerobic Count (AC) Plate||25g, 50g||AOAC® 990.12||Foods||2 Days||$18.00|
|Aerobic Count (AC) Plate||25g, 50g or Swabs||NF Validation: 3M 01/01-09/89||All human food products, pet food and industrial environmental samples||2 Days||$18.00|
|Coliform Count Plate||25g, 50g||AOAC® 991.14||Foods||1 Day||$19.00|
|Coliform Count Plate||25g, 50g||NF Validation: 3M 01/02-09/89 A||All human food products, pet food and industrial environmental samples||1 Day||$19.00|
|E. coli/Coliform Count Plate||25g||AOAC® 991.14||Foods||2 Days||$19.00|
|Enterobacteriaceae Count Plate||25g||AOAC® 2003.01||Selected foods||1 Day||$19.00|
|Enterobacteriaceae Count Plate||25g or Swabs||NF Validation: 3M 01/06-09/97||All human food products, animal feed (pet food and animal feeding stuffs) and industrial production environmental samples||1 Day||$18.00|
|Environmental Listeria Plates||25g or Swabs||AOAC® PTM 030601||Stainless steel, ceramic tile, sealed concrete||2 Days||$34.00|
|Lactic Acid Bacteria Count Plates||25g or Swabs||NF Validation: 3M 01/19-11/17||All human food products (excluding yogurts) and industrial environmental samples||2 Days||$25.00|
|Staph Express Count Plate||25g||AOAC® 2003.07||Selected processed and prepared foods||1 Day||$22.00|
|Staph Express Count Plate||25g||AOAC® 2003.08||Selected dairy foods||1 Day||$22.00|
|Staph Express Count Plate||25g||AOAC® 2003.11||Selected poultry, meats & seafood||1 Day||$22.00|
|Staph Express Count Plate||25g||NF Validation: 3M 01/09-04/03||All human food products & pet food||1 Day||$22.00|
|Yeast & Mold Count Plate||25g||AOAC® 997.02||Foods||3-5 Days||$18.00|
|Rapid Yeast & Mold Count Plate||25g||AOAC® 2014.05||Yogurt, frozen bread dough, fermented salami, sour cream, ready-made pie, frozen ground beef patties, almonds, sandwiches, sliced apples & dehydrated soup||2 Days||$24.00|
|Rapid Yeast & Mold Count Plate||25g or Swabs||NF Validation: 3M 01/13-07/14||All human food products, animal feed & industrial production environmental samples||2 Days||$24.00|
|Qualicon BAXTM System Assay Methods (Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Detection)|
|E. coli O157:H7||Swabs||USDA FSIS MLG 5.09||Environmental swabs||1 Day||$27.00|
|E. coli O157:H7||325g||USDA FSIS MLG 5.09||Meat products & Environmental swabs||1 Day||$46.00|
|E. coli O157:H7||25g||AOAC® PTM 050501||Raw ground beef, beef trim, spinach & lettuce||1 Day||$28.00|
|E. coli O157:H7||65g||AOAC® PTM 050501||Raw ground beef, beef trim, spinach & lettuce||1 Day||$30.00|
|E. coli O157:H7||25g||Health Canada MFLP-30||Dairy products, raw meat products, readyto-eat meat and poultry products, fruitand vegetable-based products and dry cereal & dry animal feed||1 Day||$28.00|
|E. coli O157:H7||75g||Health Canada MFLP-30||Dairy products, raw meat products, readyto-eat meat and poultry products, fruitand vegetable-based products and dry cereal & dry animal feed||1 Day||$31.00|
|E. coli O157:H7||125g||Health Canada MFLP-30||Dairy products, raw meat products, readyto-eat meat and poultry products, fruitand vegetable-based products and dry cereal & dry animal feed||1 Day||$34.00|
|E. coli O157:H7||375g||Health Canada MFLP-30||1 Day||$36.00|
|E. coli (STEC) Screening assay for stx and eae||25g||AOAC® PTM 091301||Raw ground beef & flour||1 Day||$31.00|
|E. coli (STEC) Screening assay for stx and eae||325g||AOAC® PTM 091301||Raw ground beef with soy & raw beef trim||1 Day||$34.00|
|E. coli (STEC) Screening assay for stx and eae||375g||AOAC® PTM 091301||Raw ground beef & raw beef trim||1 Day||$40.00|
|E. coli (STEC) Screening assay for panel 1 & 2||25g||AOAC® PTM 091301||Raw ground beef & flour||1 Day||$50.00|
|E. coli (STEC) Screening assay for panel 1 & 2||325g||AOAC® PTM 091301||Raw ground beef with soy & raw beef trim||1 Day||$55.00|
|E. coli (STEC) Screening assay for panel 1 & 2||375g||AOAC® PTM 091301||Raw ground beef & raw beef trim||1 Day||$60.00|
|Listeria spp.||25g or Swabs||AOAC® PTM 030502 (KIT2016 (D11000147))||Frankfurters, smoked salmon, spinach and other vegetables, cheese, environmental sponges, environmental swabs, environmental surfaces||2 Days||$27.00|
|Listeria monocytogenes||25g or Swabs||AOAC® PTM 080901 Kit # D13608125||Frankfurters, shrimp, spinach, queso fresco cheese, stainless steel surfaces||2 Days||$28.00|
|Listeria monocytogenes||25g||AOAC® 2003.12 KIT2017 (Kit #D11000157)||Raw meat and poultry, processed meats, dairy products, smoked salmon, seafood, fresh vegetables, apple juice and orange juice, egg, and egg products.||2 Days||$29.00|
|Listeria monocytogenes||25g||Health Canada MFLP-28 KIT2017 (Kit #D11000157)||Ready-to-eat meat and poultry, eggs and derivatives: Heat processed, dried; fish and seafood products: heat processed, frozen, smoked, other; dairy products; chocolate/bakery products: bakery products; miscellaneous: shelf-stable acid food, spices; multi-ingredient composite foods & other foods & environmentals||3 Days||$27.00|
|Listeria monocytogenes||25g||Health Canada MFLP-28 KIT2017 (Kit #D11000157)||Raw Meat and Poultry Products, Fish and Seafood Products: Raw Fish and Crustaceans, Molluscan Shellfish, Fruits and Vegetables, Eggs and Derivatives: Unprocessed, Chocolate/Bakery Products: Low Moisture, Dry (powder), Miscellaneous: Cereals/rice, Animal Feeds, Other||2 Days||$27.00|
|Listeria monocytogenes||50g||Health Canada MFLP-28 KIT2017 (Kit #D11000157)||Raw Meat and Poultry Products, Fish and Seafood Products: Raw Fish and Crustaceans, Molluscan Shellfish, Fruits and Vegetables, Eggs and Derivatives: Unprocessed, Chocolate/Bakery Products: Low Moisture, Dry (powder), Miscellaneous: Cereals/rice, Animal Feeds, Other||2 Days||$31.00|
|Listeria monocytogenes||75g||Health Canada MFLP-28 KIT2017 (Kit #D11000157)||Raw Meat and Poultry Products, Fish and Seafood Products: Raw Fish and Crustaceans, Molluscan Shellfish, Fruits and Vegetables, Eggs and Derivatives: Unprocessed, Chocolate/Bakery Products: Low Moisture, Dry (powder), Miscellaneous: Cereals/rice, Animal Feeds, Other||2 Days||$33.00|
|Listeria monocytogenes||125g||Health Canada MFLP-28 KIT2017 (Kit #D11000157)||2 Days||$35.00|
|Listeria monocytogenes||225g||Health Canada MFLP-28 KIT2017 (Kit #D11000157)||2 Days||$45.00|
|Listeria monocytogenes||375g||Health Canada MFLP-28 KIT2017 (Kit #D11000157)||2 Days||$53.00|
|L. monocytogenes||Swabs||AOAC® PTM 121402||Environmental swabs||1 Day||$32.00|
|L. monocytogenes||25g||AOAC® PTM 121402||Spinach, shrimp, smoked salmon & queso fresco||1 Day||$33.00|
|L. monocytogenes||125g||AOAC® PTM 121402||Frankfurters||1 Day||$40.00|
|Salmonella spp.||Swabs||AOAC® PTM 100201||Environmental swabs||1 Day||$26.00|
|Salmonella spp.||25g||AOAC® PTM 100201||Alfalfa sprouts, orange juice||2 Days||$27.00|
|Salmonella spp.||25g||AOAC® PTM 100201||Nonfat dry milk||2 Days||$32.00|
|Salmonella spp.||25g||AOAC® PTM 100201||Frankfurters, chipped ham, cooked chicken, raw ground chicken, soy protein powder, liquid egg, cream cheese, peanut butter, chocolate, black pepper, custard, liquid milk, chilled ready meal, cooked fish, seafood‐prawns, elbow macaroni, pizza dough, frozen peas, orange juice, dry pet food||2 Days||$27.00|
|Salmonella spp.||25g||AOAC® PTM 100201||Ground beef, raw meats (including seasoned & frozen), spinach & lettuce||1 Day||$30.00|
|Salmonella spp.||65g||AOAC® PTM 100201||Beef trim||1 Day||$32.00|
|Salmonella spp.||25g||AOAC® 2003.09||Hot dogs and frankfurters, beef/raw ground beef, chicken/raw ground chicken, fish/raw frozen tilapia fish, fruit juices/orange juice, cheese/mozzarella cheese||2 Days||$27.00|
|Salmonella spp.||25g||Health Canada MFLP-29||Frozen dairy products||2 Days||$34.00|
|Salmonella spp.||25g or Swabs||Health Canada MFLP-29||Environmental swabs and meat trays||1 Day||$25.00|
|Salmonella spp.||25g||Health Canada MFLP-29||Non-frozen dairy products, chocolate/bakery products, fruit and vegetable-based products, raw poultry products, raw & heat-processed fish & seafood||2 Days||$25.00|
|Salmonella spp.||75g||Health Canada MFLP-29||Non-frozen dairy products, chocolate/bakery products, fruit and vegetable-based products, raw poultry products, raw & heat-processed fish & seafood||2 Days||$26.00|
|Salmonella spp.||125g||Health Canada MFLP-29||Non-frozen dairy products, chocolate/bakery products, fruit and vegetable-based products, raw poultry products, raw & heat-processed fish & seafood||2 Days||$28.00|
|Salmonella spp.||375g||Health Canada MFLP-29||2 Days||$33.00|
|Salmonella spp.||25g or Swabs||AOAC® PTM 081201||Environmental swabs, dry pet food, milk chocolate, cocoa, shell eggs, ground turkey & chicken, beef trim, ground beef, ground beef soy, chicken carcass rinse, dried raisins, peanut butter, whole black pepper, frozen peas, cream cheese, lettuce, milk-based infant formula, nonfat dry milk, cocoa & dried parsley||1 Day||$31.00|
|Salmonella spp.||25g||AOAC® PTM 081201||Ice cream||1 Day||$35.00|
|Salmonella spp.||100g||AOAC® PTM 081201||Dried whole egg, Whole liquid egg (pasteurized)||1 Day||$32.00|
|Salmonella spp.||325g||AOAC® PTM 081201||Beef trim & frankfurters||1 Day||$33.00|
|Salmonella spp.||375g||AOAC® PTM 081201||Ground beef, raw almond, dry pet food||1 Day||$43.00|
a Log10 Internal Propriety Method
|Media||Pack Size||$ Per Pack|
|Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA) Plates||10 plates/pka||$28.00b|
|Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA) w/ Chloramphenicol Plates||10 plates/pka||$34.00b|
|Rodac Contact Plate – Standard Plate Count Agar||10 plates/pka||$38.00b|
|Rodac Contact Plate – Tryptic Soy Agar||10 plates/pka||$38.00b|
|Rodac Contact Plate – Potato Dextrose w/ Chloramphenicol Agar||10 plates/pka||$39.00b|
|Standard Plate Count (SPC) Agar Plates||10 plates/pka||$28.00b|
|Tryptic Soy Agar (TSA) Plates||10 plates/pka||$28.00b|
a Minimum Order – 1 pack
b Plus Shipping & Handling
Sensory (Organoleptic) Properties
In addition to the nutritional analysis of food, often other properties are tested to ensure a quality food product will be experienced by the consumer. Sensory analyses such as these, are often included and evaluated during shelf life research studies by Log10 food scientists.
Sensory evaluation provides support to research and development, marketing, and quality control and uses sensory science to acquire information about product differences, consumer preferences, and attribute intensities.
Customized evaluations, with trained panelists, can be established and include as many attributes (taste, odor, appearance, texture, etc.) as needed. Microbial & chemical analyses can also be incorporated if necessary. Whether you are developing a new product or improving on a current one, let Log10® develop a sensory evaluation that meets your company’s requirements. At the conclusion of the study, those results are profiled in a professional report for the client to illustrate complete product integrity for the duration of the shelf life of the food product.
Analytical Laboratory Testing for Pet Food
The standards regarding acceptable levels of microbes, chemicals and ingredients in pet foods and food products intended for human consumption can differ slightly, but the FDA does require that even in commercial pet foods, ingredients must be listed by order of weight predominance. In addition, pet foods are required to be nutritionally balanced in order to maintain the health of the pet.
The current trend for pet owners is to be incredibly informed of nutritional information provided on the food label. Pet food companies looking to remain competitive find it important to provided quality information on the food label. As a resulting trend, many pet owners are purchasing higher-quality foods for their pets.
The growing demand for improved quality pet food means that, through lab testing for food products, pet food companies are able to more effectively market their safe and quality products to a nutritionally educated public.
Log10 — The Food Industry’s Preferred Food Testing Lab In Oklahoma
In 2013, Dr. Siobhan Reilly founded Log10 with the goal of applying her vast knowledge of food microbiology and probiotics to helping create safer food products. Log10 food scientists and research team continue to provide quality testing services and customized research studies to clients in all aspects of food production and processing.
As an ISO 17025 accredited testing facility with a biological level II (BSL 2) laboratory, we offer comprehensive environmental and food manufacturing laboratory testing, research and consulting services designed to efficiently detect and remediate any issues — including pathogen contamination — in human and animal food production facilities, packaging, distribution and storage facilities across the nation.
In addition, we regularly provide on-site HACCP training accredited by the International HACCP Alliance and customized for individual food products and processes, tailored for your specific company. Our expert training on regulatory compliance extends from Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), FSMA Preparedness, to Preventive Controls for Animal Food (PCQI).
Need an expert’s opinion? For more information on our analytical testing services, regulatory guidance or consultation needs, please contact us today.