Laboratory testing solutions Food, Feed, Cosmetics, Pharma

Molecular testing solutions concern Genetic Analysis for quality control, Contaminant Detection and Microbiological Surveillance of finished products, air and surfaces. Product to be tested concern Cosmetics, Pharamaceuticals and Food. Laboratory testing solutions & services deliver fast and accurate results to cover product testing needs. Industries to be served concern Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Feed/Crops and Cosmetics. For industry accepted & custom Environmental, Food, Cosmetics & Pharma molecular testing, contact us, email at info@qacs.gr or give a call at + (30) 210 29 34745 about your project needs.

Microbial Monitoring - Pathogen Detection

At the Molecular biology lab, it is possible to identify microorganisms at the species level using DNA technology. The DNA identification method is globally recognized as the most reliable for the classification of microorganisms. In addition to the micro-organism species name, information about the ecology, classification, growth conditions and possible pathogenesis are provided.

Identification is achieved in 7 hours, starting from a single colony.

Identification is achieved in 8 hours, starting from a single colony. Sequence is multiplied via PCR and finally its sequence is determined with Sanger Sequencing. Resulting sequence is compared to assign the species name. Along with the species name, in the analysis report, a description of the microorganism is included to facilitate targeted corrective actions.

In addition to the micro-organism species name, information on the ecology, classification, growth conditions and possible pathogenesis are provided. Upon request we may provide scientific instructions and solutions to resolve the causes of microbial contamination, through investigation of the microbiological origin and analysis of the deeper causes.

Mold identification with classical microbiological method takes weeks. With  molecular testing identification is achieved in 8 hours, starting from a single colony.

The resulting sequence is compared with validated sequence databases and the species name is assigned. Furthermore, along with the species name, in the analysis report, a description of the microorganism is included to facilitate targeted corrective actions.

Increasing legislative demands and regulatory bodies, challenge microbial free production procedures. Sometimes, the use of antibacterial, bacteriostatic or bactericidal preservatives is not enough. Consequently, the quality system must ensure the absence of microbial contamination from production areas and subsequently from finished products. To do so, a constant monitoring system should be established, and corrective actions should be taken for continuous improvement. We undertake the Environmental monitoring by swabs, air monitoring, microbiological analysis of row material or water with our specialized personnel.

Microbes isolated from finished productsingredientswater samples and production areas, are candidates for identification. Especially if their numbers exceed alert or action limits. The name of the species of the microorganism could play a significant role in the investigation of its source and in the root cause analysis. We offer scientific guidance and solutions to further facilitate the microorganism’s investigation and proceed to root cause analysis of any microbial contamination.

Laboratory testing

Animal Species detection (Real Time PCR), Real Time PCR analysis for the sensitive detection of Pork DNA (HALAL), meat DNA (vegan), Sheep, Goat, Bovine, Horse, Chicken, Turkey and other animal species in food

Botanical, fish or animal authenticity can be detected via DNA Barcoding. The product or raw material acquires a “seal of authenticity” to protect producers & distributors from counterfeiting (replacement of part or all of it by another product of lower value) and the product acquires a higher added value. The TAT is 10-15 working days.

Organisms profile (NGS analysis), in biological mixtures like a cosmetic herbal mixtures  or food composed by many ingredients like a sausage, cheese or a pie, Next Generation sequencing (NGS) is used to identify any organism that is contained at the species level qualitatively and quantitatively. TAT 30 working days.

GMO testing is crucial for producers who want to verify the marketability of their product, fulfill labeling requirements and comply with EU Regulation (EC) No. 1830/2003 and EU Regulation (EC) No. 619/2011. Qualitative and Quantitative GMO analysis assist you reach testing & industry needs.  QACS examines genetic modification presence on seeds, flour, feed and food.

We offer a wide range of accredited genetic modifications tests for soyacorn and cotton and other plant species.

  • Genetic Isolation & Detection
  • Genetic Quantification
  • Common genetic modifications Detection
  • Accredited GMO testing for soya, cotton, corn

Skin is an ecosystem. It is inhabited by millions of microbe’s which consist the skin’s flora or microbiome. Various factors like age, sex, the use of antibiotics, cosmetics, soaps, sanitizers, disinfectants, personal care products, hygiene or even diet can influence the skin microbiome’s delicate balance and diversity. Unwanted alteration of the skin microbiota can cause roughness, irritation, dermatitis, acne, allergies, discolorations etc.

Based on long efficacy testing experience and molecular biology tools, we offer suitable clinical trials for your product microbiome claims in the form of customized microbiome protocols.  Our dedicated team of scientists (dermatologists, microbiologists and molecular biologists) may offer a variety of options to address your products needs and budget. We can use classical microbiology, DNA identification via Sanger Sequencing of the isolates or Next Generation Sequencing according to the depth that you need to analyze to support your claim. DNA Microlab, member of QACS:

  • designs the trial
  • finds prerequisite suitable volunteers for your product
  • conducts sampling and physico-chemical skin measurements during  trial
  • analyzes samples
  • interpreters the results, giving you a dossier to substantiate your claim.