Food Services

Quality & Contaminants Parameters Testing

We are proud to offer a compre­hen­sive suite of quality and cont­a­m­i­nants testing for food and beverage proces­sors and manufacturers.

Nutri­ents & Quality Para­me­ters such as:

  • Prox­i­mate
  • Protein
  • Total Fiber
  • Sugar
  • Ash
  • Omega 3, 6
  • 9 Fatty Acids

Vita­mins

  • A, C , D, E in house;
  • A‑K in network

Metals & Minerals

  • More than 20 metals and minerals with commodity specific LOQs
  • Arsenic Speci­a­tion

Indi­vidual Assays

  • Caffeine
  • Beta Glucans

Cont­a­m­i­nants

  • Aller­gens
  • Preser­v­a­tives
  • Antiox­i­dants
  • Rancidity

Environmental Monitoring

Limit liability and trace­ability by moni­toring inputs and envi­ron­ments with routine testing. We offer collec­tion mate­rials and guid­ance for HACCP compli­ance and cGMP testing requirements.

  1. Step One: Assess, Plan, Docu­ment HACCP Plan, cGMP, Food Safety
  2. Step Two: Contact Trusted Testing Partner for Collec­tion Mate­rials: Columbia Labo­ra­to­ries will send you what you need
  3. Step Three: Sample Collec­tion; Refer to collec­tion guide­lines methods per the method
  4. Step Four: Return Samples to CL Consider Storage Condi­tions, Timing
  5. Step Five: Analysis Report & Review Docu­men­ta­tion, Monitoring

Nutritional Testing
(facts and labels)

Get your FDA Nutri­tional Facts Label testing in 10 busi­ness days. We offer FDA required testing for Food, Bever­ages and Animal Food with profes­sional, effi­cient service for over 35 years.

Shelf-Life Studies

Shelf-Life projects are highly specific to the type of product and to the scope of the project. Our team of experts under­stand this are avail­able to assist you through the process. Typi­cally, key safety and quality para­me­ters must be assessed peri­od­i­cally throughout the expected shelf-life of the product, and occa­sion­ally beyond. This dura­tion can range anywhere from several days to several years depending on the type of product and its formu­la­tion. We offer stan­dard and accel­er­ated testing options to help combat the length of the study; more on that later.

Know before you get started:

  • Inter­vals for real-time studies are typi­cally 3 months (for studies of 1 year or more), or 3 weeks for accel­er­ated studies.
  • We highly recom­mend submit­ting samples already in their final pack­aging. Pack­aging plays a large role in shelf stability.
  • Columbia offers minimal Organoleptic testing as part of shelf-life studies. 
    • We can report whether the samples are typical” compared to the client’s descrip­tion, eval­u­ating the color, texture, visual appear­ance (e.g. sepa­ra­tion of layers, sedi­ment, etc.), and odor.
    • In network, we have access to full organoleptic testing, just ask if you need it!

Whether your concern is micro­bi­o­log­ical safety, product quality, or formu­la­tion improve­ment, our high stan­dards of quality and emphasis on person­al­ized service, will ensure that you receive accu­rate test results and the data you need to make informed and appro­priate deci­sions for your business.

Complete a Shelf Life Study Request Form and email us at info@​columbialaboratories.​com for a quote.
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