Microbiological Testing

microbiological testing

microbiological testing

Nav labs (Aus) is leading state of the art food microbiological testing laboratory in Victoria based in Laverton North. Our top priorities are to ensure that manufactured food is safe and free from microbiological contamination.

We provide our customers with cost- effective and high quality microbiological testing service with added value. We support our customers by providing them rapid service so that their products can be released in the market in the shortest possible time. We conduct the microbiological testing of food for product safety, plant hygiene, shelf life verification, environmental swabs and food contact surfaces.

The samples for microbiological testing are testing on the same day of receipt. Presumptive test results are communicate to client over phone or email for timely corrective actions. Further confirmed results are sent as certificate of analysis to client by email or post.

The laboratory has management system based on ISO/IEC 17025-testing requirements and testing methods are approved for specific food categories. Our approval scope for microbiological testing is available on NATA’s website.

The food processing industry is increasingly subject to critical examination and observation and therefore listeria testing in order to protect public health and ensure compliance with food safety regulations is a must. Food testing is crucial to the efficient production of high quality products. At Nav Labs, we have been using advanced methods and technology to identify risk factors, improve efficiency, quality and add value to the market. Our test methods are based on Australian Standards or recognized international references. Our aim is to make foods safer and protect the consumer by providing accurate and reliable results.

There are strict regulations for listeria testing especially in packaged ready to eat meat products. Listeria can be present in food processing environment and hiding in hard to find locations. Business must have adequate listeria management plans in place for meat processing to eliminate risk of contamination. All PrimeSafe licenced facilities or any other ready to eat meat manufacturer must have a listeria management program in place and conduct testing as per requirements of this program. Detailed information on listeria management program is also given on PrimeSafe website in a PrimeNote. We have experienced consultant who can help documenting adequate listeria testing plans.

Our microbiological tests include:

  • Listeria
  • E.coli
  • Salmonella
  • Campylobacter
  • Coliforms
  • Coagulative positive Staph
  • Yeast and Mould
  • Standard Plate Count
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Lactic acid bacteria
  • Entereobacteriacae
  • Bacillus cereus

Nav Labs Pty Ltd has  meat testing accreditation as per department of agriculture and water resources program for export meat testing including ESAM and PHI. We are specialized in export meat testing including carcass hygiene, meat testing and environmental testing. We provide complete testing solution for small-goods manufacturers, further meat processors and abattoirs for compliance with legislative requirements.

There are specific requirements for packaged RTE meat for listeria management. The requirements are given in Regulatory Guidelines for the control of Listeria document. The samples must be drawn as per food standards and listeria management plan. The testing laboratory and methods shall be approved. Food business must comply to these requirements under Meat Industry Act 1993. Failure to comply with these requirements may lead to very serious consequences for the business.

In general, testing incudes TVC, E Coli, Coliforms, Listeria Monocytogenes, Salmonella, staph, mould, pH, water activity, Nitrites etc. Nav Labs has all necessary meat testing laboratory services to provide a business with complete testing package.

Our food safety experts have a long history of working with meat processing industry including export registered establishments.

We can arrange independent consulting services for business that has limited QA resources. They can help you for food safety program review, internal auditing, root cause analysis, customer complaint response, allergen management, label review and corrective actions .

Relevant Meat Standards:

  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand;
  • Regulatory Guidelines for the Control of Listeria;
  • Victorian Standard for Hygienic Production of Meat at Retail Premises March 2006;
  • AS 4696:2007 Australian Standard for the Hygienic Production and Transportation of Meat and Meat Products for Human Consumption;
  • AS 4465:2005 Australia Standard for Construction of Premises and Hygienic Production of Poultry Meat for Human Consumption;
  • A Guide to the Implementation and Auditing of HACCP SCARM Report 60
     

To discuss export meat testing requirements, please call our team member:

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