As a food producer, food quality and safety testing is critical to ensure that you are producing a safe, quality food source for the public. At Element, we provide microbiological and chemical-based food testing to help ensure you meet regulatory requirements and exceed quality expectations. 

As an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory that has been testing food products since 1984, we pride ourselves on quality customer service, turn time, and accurate results to help you ensure your products are compliant with local, national and international regulations. Our experts work closely with you to help you identify and understand your risk factors and ultimately improve the quality of your product. Element’s food safety and quality testing services will give you confidence in your food products, knowing they are safe and ready for market.

Our microbiological and chemical tests are performed according to international standards –  AOAC, AFNOR, FDA BAM, MLG (USDA FSIS), EPA, SMMEF, SMEWW, USP, and Health Canada.  Pathogen screening by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), enzyme-linked immunoassays (ELISA), or cultural confirmations are available for specific safety surveillance.  Other quantitative indicator organism tests are available to monitor the quality of your products or for environmental cleanliness.  

Our expert Microbiologists and Food Scientists can help you develop and achieve your food safety goals to accommodate your quality programs under:

  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • Safe Quality Food (SQF) 
  • Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
  • United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Services (USDA-FSIS)
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) 
  • Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP)

For more information on our food safety and quality testing services, please contact us today.

Chemical based quality indicators

  • Water Activity
  • pH
  • Peroxide Value
  • Free Fatty Acids
  • % Salt
  • Allergen Testing: Gluten, Soy, Milk, Egg, Peanut and more
  • Histamine in Seafood
  • Preservative Testing: Sorbic acid, Benzoic acid, Citric acid and Titratable Acidity
  • Heavy Metals (Lead, Mercury, Arsenic, Cadmium)
  • % Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Purity and Quality Testing of Edible Oils (e.g., Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil)

Microbiological quality and safety parameters

  • Bacterial Plate Counts
  • Yeast & Mold Plate Counts
  • Pathogen Testing
    • Bacillus cereus
    • Clostridium perfringens
    • Coliforms/E. coli
    • E. coli, O157:H7
    • Listeria monocytogenes
    • Listeria spp.
    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    • Salmonella spp.
    • Salmonella enteritidis
    • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Enterobacteriaceae
  • Sporeformers & Heat Resistant Organisms
  • Lactobacillus & Lactic Acid Bacteria
  • Aciduric Organisms
  • Total Probiotic Count
  • Environmental Monitoring
    • Air Quality Testing
    • Bacterial Plate Count
    • E. coli, O157:H7
    • Listeria spp. 
    • Salmonella spp. 
    • Sponges & Swabs
    • Total Coliforms
    • Water (process and effluent)
    • Yeast & Mold Plate Count
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Mycotoxins
  • 3-Acetyldeoxynivalenol (3-AcDON)
  • Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1)
  • Aflatoxin B2 (AFB2)
    Aflatoxin G1 (AFG1)
  • Aflatoxin G2 (AFG2)
  • Alternariol (ALT)
  • Deoxynivalenol (DON)
  • Diacetoxyscirpenol (DAS)
  • Fumonisin B1 (FB1)
  • Fumonisin B2 (FB2)
  • Fumonisin B3 (FB3)
  • Fusarenon-X (FUSX)
  • HT-2 toxin (HT2)
  • Neosolaniol (NEO)
  • Nivalenol (NIV)
  • Ochratoxin A (OTA)
  • T-2 toxin (T2)
  • Zearalanol (ZEA; a combination of α-zearalanol and β-zearalanol)
  • Zearalenone (ZON)
  • Antifungal thiabendazole (THIA)

Our team of over 8,000 Engaged Experts in North America, Europe, The Middle East, Australia, Asia and Africa are ready to help you.

Contact The Element Team