Food Microbiology

IEH has demonstrated outstanding expertise in microbiological testing and data interpretation. We routinely provide both classical culture methods as well as the most advanced molecular detection methods available to the industry.

Standard Microbiology Testing

Type of Analysis


Total, Aerobic, & Anaerobic Plate Counts (TPC, APC, ANPC) 12-48 hours
Generic E. coli 12-48 hours
Staphylococcus aureus
Total Enterobacteriaceae
24 hours
Yeast & Mold 2-5 days

Rapid Pathogen Screening

Type of Analysis


E. coli O157:H7
Non-O157 STEC
13-15 hours
Listeria monocytogenes 24 hours
Campylobacter 1-2 days
Norovirus, Hepatitis A, Cyclospora, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Cronobacter Sakazakii 1-5 days

Qualitative Analytical Procedures

  • Microbial Pathogens: Bacteria, Fungi, Parasites, Viruses
  • Spoilage Organisms
  • Probiotics
  • Commensal Organisms
  • Microbial Toxins and By-Products
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Genetic Fingerprinting

Quantitative Analytical Procedures

  • Canner’s Test
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • E. coli Count
  • Fecal Coliform Count
  • Fecal Streptococcus Count
  • Lactic Acid Bacteria Count
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Legionella
  • Pseudomonas Count
  • Total Coliform Count
  • Total Enterobacteriaceae Count
  • Total Plate Count (Aerobic)
  • Total Plate Count (Anaerobic)
  • Yeast & Mold Count
  • Water Activity

Indicator Organisms

  • Total Coliform
  • Fecal Coliform
  • Generic E. coli
  • Enterobacteriaceae
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Yeast and Mold
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