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It is that time of the year again as 2014 comes to an end. The Microchem team would like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and New Year and thank you for your valued support during this year. Our Cape Town and Gauteng Laboratories will be...

Technical overview of Listeria Testing Listeria species are persistent in the food processing environment. Unlike other bacteria, Listeria can survive and grow at refrigeration temperatures. The control and monitoring of L. monocytogenes, a major human pathogen, and other Listeria species in the food processing environment is vital...

In response to developments in multi-residue level (MRL) pesticide analysis and consumer concern about the levels of pesticides in food, we have expanded our testing abilities in multi-residue pesticide analyses and invested in the latest technology for pesticide analyses. Microchem now offers pesticide residue analyses...

Microchem Cape Town molecular diagnostic department can offer the sensitive detection of contaminants of meat for the following range of animal species: Horse Cow Chicken Pig Sheep Goat Donkey Indian Buffalo Warthog Ostrich *Where detection of other species is required, kindly consult the laboratory and we...

Microchem’s Cape Town molecular diagnostics department is in the process of offering a range of meat speciation and quantification analyses for the following animal species: Horse Cow Chicken Pig Sheep Goat Donkey Indian Buffalo Warthog We are able to detect mitochorondrial DNA of specific animal origin...

Introduction A shelf-life study provides the food manufacturer with storage quality vs. storage time data. The decision of a shelf-life date is a business choice that needs to be made by the manufacturer of the food product. Why is Shelf-Life Testing Necessary? The increased availability of ready-to-eat food, with...

Definitions: Quantitative analysis Analysis where a microbial count is determined Qualitative analysis Analysis where the presense or absence of an organism is determined CFUs Colony Forming Units COA Certificate of Analysis 1. Why should >100g of food sample be submitted for routine testing? This portion is a representative sample and will provide an accurate and...

Microchem Laboratory Services (Pty) Ltd. has recently introduced a Food Factory Environmental Hygiene Inspection and Consultation service at our Cape Town laboratory, for clients, whereby your production facility and final products can be screened on a regular basis. Microchem already provides a hygiene service to our...

Salt may be an essential nutrient, but as we discover more about human health, it has become apparent that too much of it is far from beneficial. An excess of sodium in our diet can lead to various health complications, in particular coronary heart disease. The...