Our Laboratory

Our food microbiology testing lab boasts 32 SANAS accredited methods in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and employs the services of qualified scientists and technicians.

We conduct a full range of Microbiological analyses on raw foodstuffs, cosmetics, ingredients, processed foods and food service products, for both human and animal consumption. We test surface swabs, hand swabs and water samples. We are able to collect or perform the sampling through our hygiene consultants.

We constantly strive to extend our scope of testing to fulfil the needs of our clients and introduce methods and high-tech instruments to reduce the turnaround times of results. FCS makes use of the VIDAS® immunoassay system, which offers rapid and accurate detection of food pathogens in South Africa.

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Food and Swab Microbiology

Accredited for the enumeration of:

These tests include enumeration (an actual count) of food spoilage bacteria and moulds, as well as food pathogens (food poisoning) bacteria.

Standard Plate count

Anaerobic Plate Count

Yeast

Yeasts and Moulds

S aureus

Staphylococcus aureus

coliform bacteria

Enterobacteriaceae

Lactobacillus

Lactobacillus

coliforms and ecoli on chromocult

Coliforms

Bacillus cereus

Bacillus cereus

Clostridium perfringens

Clostridium perfringens

Accredited for the detection of:

These tests are important in detecting the presence of food pathogens in food. These are used for testing ready-to-eat foods.

S aureus

Staphylococcus aureus

Pseudomonas

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

E.coli 0157

Escherichia coli O157:H7

Listeria monocytogenes

Listeria monocytogenes

coliforms bacteria

Coliforms

food consulting services salmonella

Salmonella

Vibrio

Bacillus cereus

Bacillus cereus

Rapid Food and Swab Microbiology

FCS is Accredited for the detection of the below bacteria in Food Microbiology Testing in South Africa:

Use of The VIDAS methods provides us with rapid results in detecting the presence of food pathogens

Salmonella

VIDAS Easy Salmonella (SLM)

Salmonella

VIDAS UP Salmonella (SPT)

E.coli 0157

VIDAS UP E.coli O157 including H7

Campylobacter

VIDAS Campylobacter spp.

Listeria monocytogenes

VIDAS Listeria monocytogenes II (LM02)

Salmonella

VIDAS Easy Salmonella (SLM)

Salmonella

VIDAS UP Salmonella (SPT)

Water Microbiology

Accredited for the enumeration of:

The safety of drinking water is essential to our everyday lives. At FCS we test potable water and ice to ensure that this precious resource is safe to be consumed.

coliforms bacteria

Coliforms

yeast and moulds

Yeasts and Moulds

Cosmetic Microbiology

Accredited for the enumeration of:

Cosmetic microbiology is important in testing safety as well as the effectiveness of the added preservatives.

Yeast

Yeasts and Moulds

Additional Special Testing

We offer shelf-life testing that determines how long a product can be kept at the specified conditions before the product is no longer safe for consumption. This is how the use by or expiry dates are determined.

Anti-microbial efficacy and zone inhibition testing helps determine how effective a sanitiser or disinfectant is against killing bacteria and moulds.

Self Life Determination (using accredited methods)

efficacy testing

Anti-Microbial Efficacy

zone inhibition

Zone Inhibition

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