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Understand Food Testing Requirements for Businesses

Food contamination can take place in many forms. Let us help you implement comprehensive food safety and quality strategies, and achieve compliance with regulations in Singapore.

Food safety plays an important role in the reputation of a company. It is important not only to ensure the quality of food, but also to ensure that the final food product produced and sold is presented well and is ultimately safe for the consumer to eat.

Food safety and food hygiene are the two requisites of the food industry and should be the priority.

Food businesses have a duty of care when distributing food to consumers.

Sickness occurs when food becomes contaminated by bacteria, viruses, and other germs, making those people who consume the contaminated food unwell.

A key component of any Food Safety Program is the microbiological and chemical testing of ingredients used in the food manufacturing and the final food produced, and the environmental testing of food manufacturing facilities.

Microbiological Analysis:

This can cover a broad range of testing of both ingredients and final food product including:

  • Total Plate Counts

  • Yeast and Mould Counts

  • E.coli/ Coliform Counts

  • Staphylococcus aureus Counts

  • The presence of specific food pathogens including:

  1. Salmonella

  2. Listeria

  3. Bacillus cereus

  4. Clostridium perfringens

  • Environmental Counts:

  1. On surfaces

  2. In air

Chemical Analysis:

Chemical Testing can also include the analysis of both ingredients and the final food product and can include:

  • Moisture content

  • Presence of heavy metals

  • Presence of food additives including:

  1. Antibiotic residues

  2. Pesticides

  • Nutritional content

The Singapore Food Agency governs food businesses in Singapore with guidelines on testing parameters that businesses have to adhere to in order to ensure that food safety and hygiene requirements under the Sale of Food Act are adhered to.

Contact Ugene Laboratory Services to discuss testing requirements for your business, or request an onsite food safety audit that can ensure that the testing being undertaken by your business is appropriate.

Together, let’s improve food safety in Singapore!


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