Submitting Samples for Testing

All shelf-stable acid and acidified foods should be submitted for shelf-life and safety testing. This is a two part process:

Part I

Send one container of each product to:

Dr. Al Wagner
TAMU 2134, Room 225
Horticulture Department
College Station, TX 77843-2134

NO FORMULAS – PLEASE!

  • Include your processing parameters and ingredients.
  • Please let me know if your starting ingredients are fresh, frozen canned, etc.
  • Please include all of your contact information including address, phone number, fax, email address, etc.
  • Product evaluations will be sent via email. Please include a valid email address with each submission.
  • Please include fee with your samples (see below).

Please note: There is a $75 (as of January 1, 2013) fee per product to be tested. Please send a check payable to:

TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION

No results will be sent until payment is received.

Part II

Refer to list of approved laboratories (see the table below); pick the one most suited to your location. Send them two containers of each product. They will incubate one at 25°C and one at 35°C for 30 days. Then they will test for aerobic plate count; lactic acid bacteria; yeast and mold. Remind them to send a copy of lab report to Dr. Wagner.

You will then receive a product evaluation form from Dr. Wagner’s office. This form should be kept on file at your place of business. If you are using a co-packer they should have a copy on file.

Approved Laboratories
Address City, State, Zip Phone Fax Website
Analytical Food Labs, Inc. 865 Greenview Grand Prairie, TX 75050 972.336.0336 972.623.0055 www.afltexas.com
DFW Location 2545 I Street Grand Prairie, TX 75050 972.602.2078 972.602.2248
Food Safety Net Services, Ltd. 199 W. Rhapsody San Antonio, TX 78216 210.308.0675 210.308.8730 www.food-safetynet.com
I.E.H. – Quanta Labs 9330 Corporate Drive, Ste. 703 Selma, TX 78154 210.651.5799 210.651.9271 quantalab.com
Silliker Inc. Texas Laboratory 2100 N Hwy. 360, Suite 2006 Grand Prairie, TX 75050 Amy LaSalle: 972-971-7251

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