Microbiology

Safe Food Alliance laboratories offer expert services in the areas of microbiological analysis. Samples are analyzed with methods approved by the Association of Official Analytical Chemists and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Our microbiology laboratories offer both traditional methods and modern methods for your testing needs. We offer rapid pathogen detection methods using PCR, ELFA (Enzyme Linked Fluorescent Assay) Phage and immuno concentration technology. Our laboratories also provide a variety of test methods for indicator organisms such as: direct plate count, Most Probable Number (MPN), and PetrifilmTM. Our staff can advise you on which method best suits your commodity and preferred turn-around-time.

We offer complete testing capabilities for the detection of pathogens and indicator organisms for our customers and valuable information about their quality and safety programs. The mission of the Safe Food Alliance microbiology laboratory is to provide the best support and services for our customers’ testing needs.


Our testing and analysis capabilities include but are not limited to:


  • Quantitative Testing

    • Aerobic Plate Count
    • Bacillus cereus
    • Total Coliform Count
    • Generic E. coli Count
    • Enterobacteriaceae Count
    • Fecal Coliform Count
    • Staphylococcus aureus
    • Thermophilic Aerobic Spore Count
    • Yeast and Mold Counts
    • Alicyclobacillus
    • Water Activity
    • Osmophilic Yeast and Mold
  • Pathogens – Qualitative

    • E. coli O157:H7
    • Listeria monocytogenes
    • Listeria spp.
    • Salmonella spp.
    • Bacillus cereus
  • Water Microbiology

    • Heterotrophic Plate Count
    • E. coli Presence/Absence
    • E. coli MPN
    • Total Coliform Presence/Absence
    • Total Coliform MPN
    • Fecal Coliform Presence/Absence
    • Fecal Coliform MPN
  • Subcontract

    • Shigella
    • Clostridium perfringens
    • Pseudomonas spp.
    • Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (STEC/EHEC)
  • Special Microbial Services Available

    • Bacterial identification
    • Yeast and Mold identification
    • Method collaboration
    • FDA Detention sample analysis
    • Industry survey
    • Shelf-life study