Food testing is at the very heart of our expertise as a leading partner to the food industry. Mérieux NutriSciences offers a comprehensive range of microbiology and analytical chemistry tests, including a full spectrum of highly specialized analyses for food contaminants, animal species, allergens and more.
Our food safety and quality analyses are performed by an international network of accredited laboratories, each with a thorough understanding of specific industry requirements.
In addition to the standardized testing services shown below, we also offer a full portfolio of contract research services to guarantee product stability, quality and safety from concept development to retail shelf.
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Food safety is essential for consumer health. Chemicals can contaminate food - drinking water, agriculture, livestock, aquaculture - and represent a global food safety risk for to the negative effects on human health and on the environment. The assessment of the risks associated with contamination and the analytical monitoring can protect the safety of food products and the health of consumers.
Mérieux NutriSciences is the food industry’s leading microbiology testing partner. Our microbiologists apply their expert understanding of food matrices and regulatory requirements to perform tests according to standards set by APHA, AFNOR, AOAC, FDA, ISO, and USDA.
Around the world, our international network of accredited laboratories provide reliable, standardized analytical chemistry testing services to ensure the quality, integrity and authenticity of your food products.
Nutritional information such as sugar, salt and fat content must be confirmed and validated by analytical techniques in order to be accurately included on labels and packaging.
Mérieux NutriSciences offers a wide range of nutritional analysis to assist food manufacturers, restaurants caterers and retailers worldwide.
Color and Texture are factors of utmost importance when choosing and consuming foodstuff. In fact:
• Texture is essentially the effect of physical and chemical properties on sight, hearing and touch, and it is an important feature in the perception of food.
• Color is a feature closely connected to preservation and it is very important for packaging and presentation of food. The Physical and Mechanical Laboratory evaluates both aspects with specific tools.
No matter what the fragrance and flavor challenge, Mérieux NutriSciences can help you with the analysis and study of aromatizing substances and volatile compounds in foodstuffs, non-food and packaging materials.
Our testing centers of excellence employ approved methods for the detection of contaminants including pesticides, mycotoxins, dioxins, veterinary drugs, heavy metals and radioactive substances. We also provide specialized services for allergens, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
PFASs are fluorinated compounds widely used in household and industrial applications, which have been proved to be harmful to human health.
Possible sources of exposure for human beings are as follows:
- food packaging material
The presence of undeclared allergens in food is a leading cause of product recalls and withdrawals of food from the market. We provide qualitative and/or quantitative testing services for all food matrices, process samples, product samples, raw materials and finished products utilizing a range of technologies including PCR ELISA and LC-MS/MS technology.
Mérieux NutriSciences premier goal is to protect its customers from fraud and consequently brand damage. This is done by significantly enhancing our molecular biological and immunological capabilities to include all economically relevant species.
The risk of contamination associated with the presence of viruses in foods represents an emerging problem for the food industry. Mérieux NutriSciences helps you prevent such outbreaks with laboratory analyses for the detection of Norovirus G1/G2 and Hepatitis A viruses in food.
A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Many countries around the world have enacted laws to restrict the levels of GMOs in food products.
Applying specific analytical experience, Mérieux NutriSciences experts provide qualitative and quantitative PCR investigation services for GMO research on foods.
Mérieux NutriSciences provides analyses for quantification of almost all ingredients and additives including colors, preservatives, flavor and product enhancers.
All materials that come in contact with food must be carefully controlled in order to avoid any risk of contamination and to ensure compliance with health and safety requirements.
Acrylamide is a toxic chemical compound commonly used in industrial processes that has also been found in food. Mérieux NutriSciences testing services quantify acrylamide in food commodities by means of Liquid Chromatography.