Shelf-Life Testing

Shelf-Life Testing for Food

Our experienced food technologists have developed shelf-life testing protocols that help evaluate the shelf life of your products. The QACS Laboratory team specialises in accelerated ageing technology for shelf-life testing.

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Why shelf-life testing is important

Shelf-life testing studies on food evaluate and document how long food products maintain their intended physical, chemical and microbiological quality and properties.

Our facilities

Our shelf-life tests are conducted in suitable analytical, microbiological and sensory testing facilities.

We are able to simulate a variety of controlled temperature and humidity conditions for storage.

What we test for

To accelerate food deterioration, we subject food to controlled environments and perform quality evaluation and shelf-life estimation.

We apply short- and long-term protocols, depending on the expected shelf life of your products.

We test your products in real time, for up to a 10-week period.

We select the shelf-life test attributes based on the product type and the storage conditions.

Tested products

Pastries, dairy, meat and ready-to-eat foods.

We submit your products to accelerated shelf-life testing (ASLT) for at least 3 months.

We select the shelf-life test attributes based on the product type and the storage conditions.

As part of the stability study we evaluate the product attributes:

  • Upon receipt
  • At defined time intervals
  • At the end of the storage time

The testing combination depends on the type of product:

  • Sensorial – appearance, colour, odour and texture
  • Physical-chemical – pH, acidity (FFA), peroxide value (PA) and assay of preservatives
  • Microbiological – total microbial count, moulds, yeasts and other bacteria

Tested products

Refrigerated, frozen or dry-storage long-life foods.

How much does shelf-life testing cost?

Fill in our contact form to request our price list and find out how our QACS Laboratory team can help you.