About Food Consulting Services

At FCS, we pride ourselves on our service. Our clients exist in the Food Manufacturing, Food Retail and Food Service industries.

Our range of services  include microbiology food testing, kitchen hygiene audits and a range of additional laboratory testing services, which are listed below. Information about these is accessible by clicking on the relevant service of interest. We have also made these links accessible from all pages of our site in the menu above.

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Microbiology Food Testing

Our microbiology food testing lab boasts 32 SANAS accredited methods in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025. We employ the services of qualified scientists and technicians. At FCS, we conduct a full range of Microbiological analyses of food for both human and animal consumption. We specialise in testing of foods, swabs, and water. 

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Hygiene Audits

The FCS Kitchen Hygiene Audit is designed to evaluate the hygiene, sanitation, food safety and facilities in kitchens in the food service industry. The audits are performed for clients in the hotel, gaming, restaurant, retail and catering industries and are tailor made to the unique needs of each client. The kitchen hygiene audits are based on the R638 legal requirementsSANS 10049 and microbiological best practice.

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Legionella Risk Audits

Legionnaires disease is a form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, which kills about 13% of those infectedThe disease is caught by breathing in aerosols (which form from fine water droplets) containing the Legionella bacteria. At FCS we provide Legionella risk audits as well as Legionella water testing in our own laboratory. 

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Chemistry Testing

We have a fully equipped food and detergent chemistry laboratory able to handle a wide variety of basic food and cosmetic tests. Some of our most popular tests include food chemistry such as Nutritional values, and Brix. We also have a variety of detergent tests.

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Product Physical Testing

We perform a variety of physical test for products. The include detergent physical tests, sensory analysis, non-food tests, and a variety of test for packaging that tests against quality standards.

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Sensory Evaluations

Sensory evaluation is an invaluable tool to Quality Control as well as Research and Development. Customers perceive product quality with their senses, and as a result, organoleptic evaluations are an essential component of any Quality Control evaluations. At FCS we provide benchmarking tests.

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Food Factory Microbiological Testing

At FCS, we provide microbiological testing of raw ingredients, final products, surface swabs, staff hygiene swabs as well as water tests, in our SANAS accredited microbiology lab. We offer expert advise on the testing requirements through our food safety consultants.