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Challenge & Validation Studies

Food & Beverage

Challenge & Validation Studies

Microbial challenge studies evaluate the ability of a food product to inactivate or inhibit the growth of specific microorganisms. Challenge studies monitor the microbial growth of an inoculated product, over time, when held under its intended storage conditions. This data demonstrates if the product is able to withstand contamination by potentially hazardous organisms.

Relatedly, validation studies evaluate the ability of a process to inhibit or reduce the microbial load of a specific microorganism in a product. Validation studies monitor the reduction in microbial load of an inoculated product after undergoing such processing.

AEMTEK offers customized challenge and validation studies designed to meet the goals of each specific project. Our experienced Ph.D. microbiologists and mycologists will help guide you through the process in order to design a scientifically valid study for the product of interest. 

Challenge Studies

Examples of our expertise in inoculation challenge studies include:

Challenge Studies for Acidified Foods

Challenge studies for acidified foods come with their own set of complexities. These unique features arise from the very nature of acidified foods. 

Validation Studies

Examples of our expertise in validation studies include:

Steam Blanching Validation Studies

Roaster Validation Studies

Cleaning-In-Place (CIP) Validations

HPP Validation Studies

HPP needs to be completed off site at an HPP Facility.

Method Validations

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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.