Quality can be measured!

Our practical approach ensures our clients receive:

  • Research-based testing to deliver credible and accurate results
  • Two-way communication through reporting, problem-solving and face-to-face meetings
  • Compliance with industry standards and contract specifications
  • State-of-the-industry facilities continuously introducing new technologies
Our Microbiology Department is fully equipped and staffed by experienced scientists and technicians qualified to conduct a full range of microbiology analysis on raw goods, ingredients, processed foods and foodservice products for both human and animal consumption.

Microbiological Testing

Methods that meet the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005, including AOAC, FDA BAM, USDA FSIS, Compendium, Standard Methods for water, and Standard Methods for dairy.

Rapid Results

Exceptional turnaround, including next day PCR results, is a standard operating procedure that sets AFL apart from many laboratories.

Shelf-Life Studies

Trained microbiologists create shelf-life protocols that meet the individual needs of each product type, this includes real-time and accelerated shelf-life options.

Process Validation Studies

AFL will design and perform product specific studies to validate in-plant processing procedures. This is an important part to any HACCP control as a requirement of the new FSMA regulations.

Reporting/Audits/Corrective Action

AFL provides our clients with a real-time approach to data delivery and audit support. With a unique clients-only portal, results are always at your fingertips.

State-of-the-Industry Implementation

Provide wide variety of testing capabilities from routine analyses to complex instrumental methods—Biolog, Vitek2, GDS. Also refer to AFL’s complete list of testing services.

Our Microbiological Testing Services


  • Clostridium botulinum
  • Campylobacter
  • Cyclospora

E.Coli 0157:H7

  • GDS
  • MDS
  • VIP

Listeria monocytogenes

  • GDS
  • MDS

Listeria species

  • GDS
  • MDS


  • GDS
  • MDS


Top 6 (Non 0157 E.Coli)

  • (STEC)
  • GDS

Spore Count

  • Aerobic
  • Anaerobic
  • Flat Sour
  • Mesophilic
  • Rope Spore
  • Sulfide Spoilage
  • Thermophilic



Anaerobic Plate Count

  • Pour Plate

Aerobic Plate Count

  • Petrifilm
  • Pour Plate

Bacillus cereus

  • Spread Plate
  • MPN

Clostridium perfingens

  • Spread Plate

Coliform Count

  • Petrifilm
  • Pour Plate
  • MPN


  • Petrifilm
  • Pour Plate

E.Coli Count

  • Petrifilm
  • Pour Plate
  • MPN

Fecal Coliform

  • Pour Plate
  • MPN

Lactic Acid Bacteria

  • Petrifilm
  • Pour Plate
  • MPN

Lactic Proboiotic Count

  • Pour Plate

Pseudomonas Count

  • Spread Plate

Psychrotrophic Count

  • Pour Plate

Staph aureus Count

  • Petrifilm
  • Spread Plate
  • MPN

Total Probiotic Count

  • Pour Plate


USP <51>

  • Antimicrobial Efectiveness Testing

USP <71>

  • Sterility Testing

USP <61> and USP <2021>

  • Microbial Limits

USP <62> and USP <2022>

  • Specified USP Microorganisms

USP <1227>

  • Validation of Microbial Recovery from Pharmaceutical Articles

USP <60>

  • Burkholderia cepacia Complex

USP <64>

  • Probiotic Test

Growth Promotion


  • Yersinia
  • Campylobacter

Testing (Qualitative & Quantitative)

  • Coliform Present/Absent
  • E.Coli Present/Absent
  • Fecal Coliform- MPN
  • Heterotrophic
  • Residual Chlorine
  • Yeast & Mold

Misc. Testing

  • Membrane Filtration
  • Surface pH
  • Air monitoring
  • Proficiency Testing
  • Microscopic Examination

Microbiology Equipment

  • BioLog
  • Turbidity Meter
  • Thermo 7500F PCR
  • API
  • MDS
  • GDS


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