Shelf Life Testing Done In A Certified Lab, To Determine Your Food Products' Expectant Shelf Life
Turnaround depends on the shelf life you are trying to achieve.
If you are selling your food product in a retail environment; then your retailer will more than likely require a shelf life test. At some point, you should strongly consider getting shelf life testing to give your product a valid expiration date.
RL Food Testing Laboratory offers real time microbiological shelf life testing from as short as 5 days up to 1 year – depending on what shelf life expectancy you are trying to achieve.
Shelf life testing includes 6 test points that are measured in equal intervals depending on your ingredients. The following microbes will be tested during your shelf life testing service:
- Water Activity
- Aerobic Plate Count
*We will recommend having additional microbes tested such as salmonella, E. Coli, listeria and staph aureus, at an additional cost, depending on your ingreidients.
You will receive a report at the end of each testing point. If at any point during the shelf life testing, we will notify you if the bacterial counts greatly increase. Otherwise, we will provide updates at each shelf life testing interval.
You will receive your final report at the end of your shelf life testing service. Our staff microbiologist will write a report summarizing the results. No other labs offer this summary report and it is included as part of your shelf life testing service at no extra charge. The report is written in laymen’s terms to help you understand the laboratory results.
How It Works
Ordering your Shelf Life Testing is easy. Just follow these 4 easy steps....
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Fill out Lab Information form
Ship your Samples and Form
You will need to ship six (6) 2 oz samples of finished product to our lab.
Fedex or UPS / 1 or 2 day air
No glass containers, please
If refrigerated, pack with cold packs
Include your completed Lab Information Form.
We’ll email your results and explanation.
You’ll receive a lab report showing your results at the end of each testing point and an explanation provided by our staff Microbiologist.
Turnaround depends on shelf life expectancy you are trying for.
QUESTIONS? If you have questions at any time during the process, just give us a call 7-days-a-week!
What You Get
Shelf Life Testing
Includes 5 test points. The following microbes will be tested during your shelf life testing service:
2. Water Activity
5. Aerobic Plate Count
Testing Points Reports
At the end of each (5) testing points, we will email you a report summarize the status of your shelf life testing.
Explanation of Results
Our staff Microbiologist will provide an explanation of your shelf life testing results, making your lab report easy to understand.
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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Lab testing can be expensive and time consuming; however, there is no way around it. If a food manufacturer, big or small, needs to determine an accurate end date for their product, then testing in a lab must be done.
- Beef Jerky 9 months – 1 year
- BBQ Sauces 4 months – 6 months
- Pasteurized Dairy Products: 3 weeks
- Raw Juices 5 days
- Cakes, Cookies & Other Bakery Goods WITH preservatives 30 days
- Salsa 3 months – 4 months