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Food and Beverages

Biodet is able to test food and beverage products for a range of microbiological tests. This can include routine testing of products, isolation and identification of beneficial organisms as well as investigations into products that have spoilage issues.


For routine testing the American Public Health Association (APHA) ‘Compendium of Methods for the Microbiological Examination of Foods’ 5th edition is our main testing methodology, but we have also developed in-house methods for specific organisms.


For clients requiring surveillance or targeting specific organisms we can assist with formulating testing to suit their specific needs. Examples include yeast enrichments for Dekkera anomala in carbonated drink products, composite testing for surveillance, or looking for specific organisms in kombucha and kefir.


Biodet can also able to help identify organisms that are causing spoilage of products. Isolation of the organism can be followed by identification using in-house methodology or depending on the organism type, can be subcontracted for identification by a Bruker Maldi-tof Biotyper analysis or rRNA sequencing.


Tests we regularly perform include general bacterial counts, Yeast, Mould, Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas, Coliforms, Escherichia Coli, Salmonella, Spore counts, Lactic Acid bacteria, Gluconobacter and Acetobacter.

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