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Shelf Life Testing and Stability Studies

Shelf Life Testing and Stability Studies

Manufacturers are responsible for determining the shelf-life of foods they produce according to national and international food safety and hygiene regulations.

Predictive models can help determine shelf-life but laboratory testing of microbiological, chemical or sensory indicators within a food over time is often necessary. This service is needed for new product formulations, to verify a new production or storage method, or a change in distribution conditions. Studies of this type are designed to help ensure quality throughout the lifecycle of your product.

Our Shelf Life Testing Services

Mérieux NutriSciences takes a holistic approach to shelf-life testing that provides insight into all aspects of the food. Our experts in South Africa will design a robust shelf life study that encompasses all applicable testing. For many products, this will be a combination of microbiological, chemical, and sensory testing. All aspects are considered when determining the shelf life of a product. In many cases, shelf life testing can be conducted in real-time and accelerated conditions.

Shelf life testing methods include but are not limited to:

  • Organoleptic parameters: appearance, colour, odour, flavour
  • Texture
  • Consumer Acceptability
  • Physical-chemical parameters: pH value, viscosity, density, emulsion stability
  • Microbiological parameters: microbial count
  • Lipid oxidation

Mérieux NutriSciences South Africa’s reliable food testing laboratory network provides manufacturers with advanced scientific capabilities. Contact our experts to discuss the shelf-life of your food product and how we can help you.

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