Shelf Life Testing

Food Shelf Life Testing

Anresco performs trusted food shelf life testing services for perishable foods sold commercially in the United States. Conducted in our shelf life testing labs, our analytical testing determines the life expectancy, or “shelf life”, of a product under normal storage conditions before excessive deterioration occurs. While food shelf life testing is not a mandatory requirement, determining the shelf life enables vendors to establish a time frame in which to safely sell their products. Similarly, providing consumers with an expiration date ensures that a product unfit for human consumption is not unintendedly ingested.

On Day 0 of our studies, our shelf life testing lab examines the product for Salmonella, Listeria, and Coliforms (E. coli). If the product fails any of these tests, the rest of the shelf life study is discontinued. To find out more about our shelf life studies or to receive a quote, contact us today.

Anresco then performs the following tests at varying intervals:

  • Standard Plate Count
  • Yeast & Mold
  • Lactics

Depending on the product and its expected viability, Anresco will recommend a proposed schedule (e.g. 7 days, 14 days, 21 days, etc.). This schedule may be altered by our Microbiology Department if they visualize noticeable changes to the product during the study. If the product fails at any point in time, all future scheduled testing dates are discontinued and not charged for.

If you would like a formalized testing proposal and quote, please complete our shelf life study questionnaire at the link below and we will get back to you as soon as we can.