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Challenge & Validation Studies for Acidified Foods

Food & Beverage

Elevate Your Acidified Foods with AEMTEK Challenge Studies

At AEMTEK, we’re known for our expertise in conducting a wide range of challenge studies, but what really sets us apart is our knack for tackling one of the food world’s trickiest challenges—acidified foods. Manufacturers of these unique products understand the need to partner with a lab that really ‘gets it.’

Why Acidified Foods Are Different

Challenge studies for acidified foods come with their own set of complexities. These unique features arise from the very nature of acidified foods and involve various factors, such as:

pH Levels

Acidified foods have low pH levels, creating a unique acidic environment that affects microbial growth differently than in other foods. Our studies address the nuances of pH, offering insights into how it impacts the survival and proliferation of microorganisms.

Acid Type & Concentration

Different acids and concentrations are used in acidified foods, each with its own way of dealing with microorganisms. Our team knows how to decipher the role of acid type and concentration in challenging the growth of those microbes.

Regulatory Compliance

Acidified foods come with their own set of regulations to ensure safety. AEMTEK is well-versed in the stringent regulations governing acidified foods, ensuring that our challenge studies adhere to industry standards and demonstrate compliance, every step of the way.

Microbial Resistance

Some microorganisms adapt to acidic conditions over time. Our studies uncover how these tiny creatures change and adapt, which is key to keeping your products safe.

Acidified Food Varieties

From pickles to salsa to fruit preserves, acidified foods come in all shapes and sizes. Each product has its unique quirks, and we’ve got the experience to handle them all.

Target Microorganisms

We know which microorganisms matter most for your product. Our studies zero in on the ones that are most important for your specific product.

Shelf Stability

We take a deep dive into the shelf stability of acidified foods. Factors like pH, temperature, and packaging can all affect how long your product stays fresh. Our challenge studies account for these variables.

Preservation Methods

Acidified foods rely on a mix of preservation methods, including low pH, heat treatment, and preservatives. We’re experts at evaluating how effective these methods are in keeping those microbes in check.


The type of packaging you use can influence microbial growth. Our studies carefully consider the interaction between food, packaging, and the surrounding environment, providing a holistic perspective.

For challenge studies on acidified foods, you need a lab that truly understands their unique traits. AEMTEK offers expert studies, ensuring safety, quality, and excellence in your products. Choose AEMTEK for the best in acidified food testing.

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Deep Technical Expertise

Get help solving your most complicated challenges from our team of seasoned industry professionals and Ph.D. scientists. We have experience in every aspect of laboratory testing, from chemistry and microbiology to product formulation and processing technology.

Direct Access to Experts

Gain more confidence in your product and food safety decisions by taking advantage of easy access to our Ph.D. scientists. We make sure our knowledgeable staff is easily accessible to address all your questions and provide advice in a timely manner, so you can do your job more efficiently.

A Partner in Growth

Work with a laboratory that cares about your business. For almost two decades, we have partnered with a range of companies to help solve challenges and support company growth. From early start-ups to established names, AEMTEK tailors it’s services to support your goals.

Reliable & Accurate Results

Breathe easier and sleep more soundly recognizing AEMTEK’s focus on analytical integrity.

We use the latest accredited methods and state-of-the-art equipment to deliver only the most accurate and reliable results to our clients.

Competitive Pricing & Fast TATs

Get results faster at competitive prices. All microbiology samples are prepped immediately upon arrival to ensure the quickest turnaround times possible.

Our chemistry testing has quick standard turnaround times.

Top-of-the-line Customer Care

Experience industry leading customer service. Get prompt replies to your questions whether via email, phone, or through our website chat. Our knowledgeable staff knows the importance of timeliness in the manufacturing industry and is here to address your questions and requests with speed and a smiling face.

Laboratory Accreditations

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Analyses are performed using various rapid and classical methods, including the FDA Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM), the Compendium of Methods for the Microbiological Examination of Foods, the APHA Standard Methods for the Examination of Dairy Products, and the AOAC International Official Methods of Analysis. We employ rigid quality assurance guidelines in all testing. We offer modern rapid methods of analysis for reliable, timely results. Reports are electronically generated in a user-friendly language and format. In addition, our scientists are always ready to answer your questions and address your concerns.