Shelf-life studies and challenge tests
Products can then lose their quality through:
- Microbiological decay, possibly linked to a growth of pathogens
- Chemical or enzyme activity
- Changes in organoleptic properties.
Schouten Advies, Nutrilab and shelf-life studies and challenge tests
In cooperation with our sister company Nutrilab, Schouten Advies offers shelf-life studies and challenge tests. We use a result-oriented approach for shelf-life studies that leads to a substantiated shelf-life for your entire assortment. This approach gives substance to the requirements set in (EU) Regulation no. 2073/2005: microbiological criteria for foodstuffs and interpretation document ‘Informatieblad 85’ from the NVWA. This approach also provides insight into whether a challenge test is or is not necessary or whether predictive microbiology (models that predict growth) will provide sufficient substantiation.
The consultants at Schouten Advies and Nutrilab will be glad to assist you in setting up, implementing and maintaining your shelf-life studies. Please contact us at your convenience.
Quality Food Group International