storage tests, expiry date

Storage tests of food products are one of the basic elements of ensuring and controlling the quality of production. The manufacturer should provide

food safety throughout the period of its presence on the market, i.e. from the moment of production to the moment of purchase by the consumer, without exposing the consumer to the dangers resulting from the deterioration of the microbiological and physicochemical quality of the product during its shelf-life. According to Regulation (EC) 178/2002, hazardous food may not be marketed.

Product durability

The shelf life of a food product may depend on many factors, such as the type, origin, production methods and preservation method. The shelf life of a food product may depend on many factors, such as the type, origin, production methods and preservation method.

Factors influencing the durability of the product

  • growth of microorganisms: bacteria, mold and yeast,

  • water increase or decrease,

  • chemical reactions that may cause the formation of foreign odors, color changes (e.g. browning), loss of desired nutrients,

  • light,

  • storage temperature

Storage research

The designation or confirmation of the expiry date of the food product is made on the basis of the so-called storage research. These studies consist in analyzing the product at appropriate intervals and comparing the results to the baseline values, i.e. to the results obtained before the start of the study. Mainly the microbiological purity of the product, physical and chemical properties as well as organoleptic characteristics are analyzed. The scope of research requires individual development for each of the products. The main factors that may affect the durability of a given product include: water activity, influence of light, temperature, water loss, development of microflora.

Laboratorium Ekolabos oferuje badania przechowalnicze produktów o krótkim terminie przydatności oraz badania przyspieszone (Accelerated Shelf-life Test) produktów o długiej trwałości.

 

Wrocław tel: 71 738 20 25,

Poznań tel: 61 640 37 38

Katowice tel: 32 750 67 39

Warszawa tel: 22 379 25 20

Kraków tel: 71 738 20 25,

 

For details of the storage research offer, please contact the Customer Service Office at 22 379 25 20 or biuro@ekolabos.pl