Element is proud to support the food industry providing analytical support to quality, HACCP, SQF as well as R&D programs. Companies in the food industry, across the country depend on our technical expertise, industry-leading turn-times and attention to changing regulations.

Element's commitment to accuracy, turn time, and customer service assist you in sharpening your competitive advantage. You have confidence in your results knowing your ISO 17025 accredited laboratory follows best practices, quickly delivering data that is First-Time-Right, on time. Partnering with Element allows your company to mitigate risk knowing that we are working diligently to help ensure your success, and bring a safe product to market quickly.

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Microbiological and IBOAH

Element Material Technologies Microbiological testing services follow IBOAH and FDA guidelines to ensure that your dairy products are safe for distribution. 

Microbiological Testing

The Indiana Board of Animal Health (IBOAH) uses the FDA 2400i guidelines to ensure your dairy product containers are safe for distribution. Element’s experts, and testing facility are certified annually to conduct tests that properly meet PMO guidelines as issued by the National Coalition of Interstate Milk Shippers (NCIMS). As part of the annual proficiency requirements, technicians are audited individually and required to use the swab method under the FDA 2400i Pasteurized Milk Container Testing Method. By using swab method the technicians are able to determine the Residual Total Aerobic bacteria count (RBC) and the Residual Total Coliform bacteria count (RCC) to certify the container’s safety for distribution.

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Food & Microbiological Testing

Related Services, Standards and Accreditations

Our complete list of services related to food and microbiological testing.

Services Offered

Food Microbiology

Real-Time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) methods


  • Pathogens:
    • Bacillus cereus
    • Clostridium botulinum
    • CronobacterLegionella (including L. pneumophila identification)
    • Listeria Spp. (Qualitative)
    • Listeria Monocytogenes (Qualitative)
    • Norovirus
    • Salmonella Spp. (Qualitative)
    • Salmonella Enteritidis
    • Staphylococcus aureus
    • STEC
    • Vibrio cholerae, V. parahaemolyticus and V. vulnificus (including toxin gene identification)
  • Additional Allergens:
    • Celery Allergen
    • Hazelnut Allergen
    • Walnut Allergen
    • Gluten Allergen
  • Animal Identification:
    • Bovine
    • Chicken
    • Donkey
    • Goat
    • Horse
    • Porcine
    • Sheep
  • Spoilage Identification:
    • Alicyclobacillus (including identification of A. acidoterrestris)
  • Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Detection, Identification and Quantification (contact us regarding your specific parameter)

Indicator Testing

  • Aerobic (Heterotrophic) Plate Count
  • Bacterial Identification
  • Clostridium Spp.
  • Coliform, E. coli
  • E. coli 0157:H7
  • Staphylococcus
  • Yeast
  • Mold
  • Lactic Acid Bacteria
  • Shelf-life studies
Food Chemistry
Percent Moisture

Percent Solids
Percent Fat Analysis
Water Activity
Almond Allergen
Egg Allergen
Gliadin (Gluten) Allergen
Peanut Allergen
Soy Allergen
Ca by EDTA

Environmental Air & Surface Monitoring (HACCP)

Bacterial Counts
Coliform Counts
E. coli
E. coli 0157:H7
Fungal Counts
Listeria (Qualitative)
Salmonella (Qualitative)
Staphylococcus Counts
Other specific bacteria or fungi

Special Analyses

Shelf-Life Studies
Container Rinse Testing
Direct Microscopic Examinations
Air Testing


ISO/IEC 17025:2005, Laboratory Accreditation Bureau (L-A-B)
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for Salmonella in Liquid Eggs
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) AMS Pork Verification Program
Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Drinking Water


USP Test Methods
FDA BAM Test Methods
USDA FSIS Test Methods
AOAC Test Methods
AOCS Test Methods


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