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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