The potential for pathogens to be present in consumer or pharmaceutical products continues to be a source of interest and concern with consumers, health officials, regulators and the media. Even very low levels of pathogenic microorganisms can result in meaningful risk of disease and can trigger recalls, legal risk and loss of consumer confidence that can significantly damage a company’s brand. Understanding if potentially pathogenic microorganisms are present in raw materials and finished products is the first step in ensuring that manufacturers are doing everything possible to reduce the risk of consumer exposure to disease causing microbes.
We can conduct pathogen detection analyses using traditional microbiological methods or develop methods that fit specific needs. The following organisms represent the most commonly requested pathogens, but we have the tools and expertise to identify and quantify other product or environment-specific objectionable microbes as well:
- Clostridium perfringens
- E. coli O157:H7
- Bacillus cereus