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Microbiological testing

Our microbiology laboratories use equipment and methods that are at the cutting edge of innovation to provide you with a wide range of services tailored to your needs. We specialize in rapid detection methods, surface, ingredient and product analysis as well as shelf life determination. We can also perform microbiological analyses using approved methods for products destined for the American market.

The expertise of our agri-food consulting group allows us to take action on food-based toxic infections, result interpretation, shelf life protocol development, as well as professional investigation and support services for matters related to food microbiology.

Our laboratory teams work evenings and weekends to ensure that you have faster access to your analysis results. Our clients can obtain results via the Internet. We can also pick up your samples.

We conduct full microbiological testing of various food categories such as ingredients, raw fruits and vegetables, raw meat and poultry, dairy products, eggs, processed foods, as well as various categories of ready-to-eat foods (RTE). We also conduct microbiological tests of environmental swab samples to validate the effectiveness of the cleaning procedures of your equipment, structures, drains, etc.

We provide a full range of microbiological testing on food and environmental samples:

  • Total bacterial count

  • Escherichia coli, including O157:H7

  • Yeasts and moulds

  • Listeria monocytogenes

  • Listeria spp

  • Clostridium perfringens

  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

  • Pseudomonas spp

  • Total and fecal coliforms

  • Staphylococcus aureus

  • Salmonella spp

  • Lactic acid bacteria

  • Bacillus cereus

  • Probiotics

  • Identification of micro-organisms

  • Other micro-organisms upon request

We use rapid selective detection methods, such as immunology tests (e.g. Vidas) and PCR tests (e.g. BAX) that scan for micro-organisms through DNA detection or immunological characteristics. These technologies allow our laboratories to detect very small numbers of micro-organisms targeted in a sample, thus ensuring a better protection of the public.

Available Tests:

  • E. coli O157:H7

  • Listeria monocytogenes

  • Listeria spp

  • Salmonella spp

  • Staphylococcus aureus and acid enterotoxins

  • Enterotoxins

  • Other pathogens upon request

Microbiological tests of these categories can vary depending on the food tested. This is not the exhaustive list. We can conduct these tests, advise you and guide you based on each specific product.

For more information on the microbiological requirements of various regulatory bodies:

Ready-to-eat foods

Policy on listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods


Safe Food for Canadians Regulations