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Shelf Life Testing

The length of time for which a food item can be stored before it goes bad or becomes unsafe to eat is an important parameter with regards to food safety.  Food manufacturers need to accurately determine and mention the use by or best before dates for their products in order to meet strict regulations and to keep their brand and consumers safe. It applies to cosmetics, foods and beverages, medical devices, medicines, explosives, pharmaceutical drugs, chemicals, tyres, batteries, and many other perishable items.

Shelf life is a product of physical, microbiological and chemical processes, triggered by any one of a multitude of contributing factors. Product characteristics, including the quality and consistency of ingredients, moisture content and acidity levels, all play a part, as do external factors like storage, transport and packaging materials.

Given the complexity of factors contributing to the shelf life of food, our experts can offer a bespoke service that is tailor-made to the composition of your products, storage and packaging. By performing shelf life analyses, one can define accurate expiry dates for your products, ensuring that the quality remains acceptable and safe for consumers.

FARE Labs, accredited to the international standard for quality management systems as per ISO/IEC 17025:2017 is well equipped with the latest shelf life testing methods and technologies. Therefore, you can be sure of high quality, cost-effective service which delivers accurate shelf-life test results that will help you to demonstrate compliance with statutory requirements.  

A shelf-life study assesses the food product quality and hygiene by undergoing a thorough chemical and physical, as well as microbiological analysis.

SENSORY / PHYSICAL PARAMETERS

  • Appearance 
  • Odour
  • Colour
  • Taste
  • Texture

CHEMICAL PARAMETERS

  • Moisture Content
  • Water Activity
  • pH
  • Acidity
  • Alcoholic Acidity
  • Peroxide Value
  • Acid Value
  • Free Fatty Acids (FFA)
  • Rancidity
  • Fat
  • Protein
  • Salt
  • Total Viable Count
  • Yeasts and Moulds
  • Coliform
  • Salmonella
  • Campylobacter
  • E. coli
  • Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Bacillus Cereus
  • Lactic Acid Bacteria
  • Enterobacteriaceae

Ingredient Activity (Degradation of botanicals, and other unstable compounds, as well as loss or gain of moisture) ensuring thereby that the bioactive ingredients in your product are shelf-stable throughout their life and meet label claims until the date of expiry. FARE Labs can analyse a number of bioactive ingredients like Vitamins, EPA, DHA, Chondroitin, Glucosamine, Phytosterols, Amino acids, Minerals, Sulfites, Caffeine and others to determine if there is degradation over time.

FARE Labs has the competency to perform Shelf Life studies on the following categories of food products

CATEGORY

  • Cereal and Cereal Products​
  • Milk and Dairy Products
  • Ready to eat food products
  • Ready to Cook food products
  • Spices and condiments
  • Beverages (Alcoholic/Non Alcoholic) (Non-alcoholic Carbonated, Carbonated Water)
  • Fruits and vegetable Products
  • Frozen Raw Meat Products
  • Bakery & Confectionery products
  • Nutraceuticals

PRODUCTS

  • Whole and powdered, raw, processed and finished products of food grains, Rice, Wheat, Maize Chana, Wheat flour, Infant food, Soya flour, Corn flour, Besan, Cornflakes, Sattu, Suji, Dalia, Barley, Malt-based foods, Fortified grains, Instant noodles, Semolina, Soy protein products etc.
  • Cheese, Dairy whitener, SMP, Sweets, Paneer, Ice creams, Yogurt, Butter etc.
  • Snack foods, Energy drinks, Energy bars, Cake etc.
  • Dhokla, Poha, Idli Mix, Khichadi, Dosa Batter etc
  • Powdered Chilli, Amchoor, Imli, Methi, Haldi, Clove, Cardamon, Corriander Black pepper, Masala blends, Cumin, Dal chini, Soy sauce etc.
  • Water-based flavoured drinks (Synthetic syrups for dispensers, Sharbat, Squashes, Crushes, Fruit syrups etc.
  • Fruits and related products raw and processed etc.
  • Refined sugar, Cube sugar, Raw sugar, Jaggery, Icing Sugar etc.
  • Mutton, Chicken, Prawns, Fish etc.
  • Biscuits, Bread, Chewing gum, Hardboiled confectionery, Biscuits, Sweets Namkeen, Toffee, lozenges. Bubble gum etc.
  • Health Supplements, Capsules etc.
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