Product and food testing is a critical component to making sure you are delivering a quality product to consumers. Manufacturers are legally responsible for ensuring that a marketed product is safe when consumers use it. Not only is it a legal responsibility, but the higher the quality of your product, the more peace of mind consumers will have buying it, and the more business you will receive. American Testing Lab is a full-service ISO-17025 accredited testing laboratory. Contact us to learn more about our testing services.

 

Cosmetic Testing

 

Testing of cosmetic products is one of the most important classes of products to be tested before consumer use. This is because they are applied directly to our bodies, and companies are liable if their product puts consumers’ health in danger. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure the safety of the product and its ingredients before it hits the store’s shelves. And according to the FDA, all companies should do regular product testing to make sure the products do or do not contain ingredients such as:

 

  • Emulsifiers
  • Preservatives
  • Formaldehyde
  • Synthetic Fragrances
  • Impurities or Contaminants

 

Shelf-life and stability testing is important to determine proper cosmetic product expiration dates. If the results from these tests indicate a change from the normal aesthetic or microbial profile indicates a possible issue with product stability and safety, and should be tested and investigated further. Bacterial and fungal contamination is a more common problem in the manufacturing process than most manufacturers would like to say. It is of particular concern in regards to cosmetic and personal care products because they come into direct contact with consumers’ bodies. It may also be important to test individual ingredients in each product for their safety. At American Testing Lab, our microbial testing methods ensure the safety of cosmetic products when it comes to bacterial and fungal contamination.

 

Food Microbiology Testing & Nutrition Analysis

 

Food testing is just as important as cosmetic product testing, if not more. Food goes directly into our bodies, so it’s so crucial to make sure that the food that goes on the market and into our food supply is safe to eat. Foodborne illness has become an increasing concern over the years due to Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes, and E coli outbreaks in our food supply. Salmonella is the number one concern in the U.S. It has caused over 19,000 hospitalizations each year. It is associated with:

 

  • Eggs
  • Poultry
  • Meat
  • Unpasteurized Milk
  • Juice
  • Cheese
  • Raw Fruit and Vegetables
  • Spices
  • Nuts

 

When this happens, not only does it affect the consumers’ health, but it affects your business. A recall decreases the consumer’s level of trust, which, as a result, reduces your sales. The food testing market is driven by public concerns, changing regulations, and the need for producing meaningful data. This is to keep food companies producing high-quality products, and to keep them in good standing with consumers.

 

It is also important for food companies to analyze the nutritional content of their food products. This analysis provides information for nutrition labels that food manufacturers are legally required to include on their products. That being said, testing laboratories should be accredited to the testing methods that they conduct.

 

American Testing Lab is an ISO-17025 accredited laboratory, an FDA registered facility, an AOAC International organization, and approved as a Good Manufacturing Practice Consistent Quality lab. Contact us today to learn more about our many testing methods.