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Microbial Testing:

Food Microbiology testing is important to ensure the safety and quality of raw ingredients, finished product and environmental samples. The LSU AgCenter Food Safety and Microbiology lab helps food processors, laboratories and individuals in microbiological and safety issues related to their food products.

Our lab focus is on Food Processing Validation tests, Shelf-Life studies, and Environmental monitoring. We also provide microbiology testing for support of HACCP and GMP plans. We work closely with our clients to develop the best food microbiology testing procedures needed for their products taking into account the ingredients, pH, water activity, processing and storage conditions (time and temperature).

Our facilities are Biosafety Level 2 so we can work with a wide variety of pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Our lab has trained Food Microbiologists with over 20 years of experience who can handle not only your routine testing needs, but also your special projects, research projects, and product development analytical support.

DOWNLOAD:
1. Protocol for the Delivery of Samples to Food Microbiology And Food Safety Laboratory (PDF). (PDF can be opened with Acrobat and filled-out interactively).   Revised: 01-03-2017

2. Price list for Microbial Testing (PDF) [* Prices subject to change]  Revised: 01-03-2017

Routine Tests include:

Food Testing
Test  Price* Sample wt (g)
Aerobic (Standard) Plate Count (Petrifilm) $ 20.00 100
Anaerobic Plate Count $ 75.00 100
Bacillus cereus $ 35.00 100
Campylobacter $ 35.00 100
Clostridium perfringens $ 90.00 100
E. coli - 3 Tube MPN $ 30.00 100
E. coli - VRB plate (Petrifilm) $ 30.00 100
E. coli H7:O157 $ 55.00 100
E. coli in water (membrane filtration) $ 40.00 1000 mL
Enterobacteriaceae $ 25.00 100
Flat Sour Spores $ 55.00 100
Lactobacillus $ 35.00 100
Listeria monocytogenes $ 70.00 100
Listeria spp. (environmental) $ 60.00 100
Osmophilic Yeast $ 40.00 100
Pathogen Testing $ 80.00 100
Pseudomonas aeruginosa $ 35.00 100
Psychotropic/Psychrophilic Plate Count $ 20.00 100
Salmonella $ 35.00 100
Shigella $ 25.00 100
Standard Panel (APC, Y&M, E. coli/coliforms, S. aureus) $ 90.00 100
Staphylococcus aureus - MPN $ 42.00 100
Staphylococcus Aureus - Plate (Petrifilm) $ 25.00 100
Streptococcus spp. $ 30.00 100
Sulfide Spoilage Bacteria $ 35.00 100
Sulfide Spoilage Bacteria (Canners) $ 50.00 100
Thermophilic Anaerobic Spores $ 50.00 100
Total Coliforms - MPN $ 30.00 100
Total Coliforms - Petrifilm Plate $ 25.00 100
Validation process, shelf life studies varies varies
Vibrio spp. $ 136.00 100
Vibrio parahaemoliyticus $ 245.00 100
Yeast and Mold Count (Petrifilm) $ 25.00 100
Yersinia enterocolitica $ 30.00 100
pH $ 20.00 100
Water Activity (Aw) $ 40.00 100


For Further Information, Contact:
Dr. Marlene Janes
Professor
School of Nutrition and Food Sciences
130 Agricultural Chemistry Bldg.

Office: (225) 342-5812

Email: mjanes@agcenter.lsu.edu

revised: 10-Mar-2017 10:18