Microbiology


Microbiology


QIB Extra offers a rapid, confidential and cost-effective way to address your microbiological needs.  Recently, our microbiologists have used their expertise to help customers;
 
  • improve the shelf life of foods,
  • develop new processes and ingredients and
  • understand the microbiology of complex non-food products.  
Working with the most modern facilities and equipment and with the backup of experts at the Quadram Institute Bioscience we offer a wide range of microbiological services.  These include consultancies, routine microbiological analysis, troubleshooting, shelf-life testing and applied research projects.

Our customers include small and large companies from both the food and non-food arena.  We aim for a fast response to all queries put to us, and will offer a fully costed written proposal before work begins.  

Buffalo Mozzarella Authentication

QIB Extra offers a new test to combat buffalo mozzarella fraud.

Coffee Authentication

QIB Extra is pleased to announce a new rapid analysis for the screening of Arabica coffee.

Analysis of Food Bioactives

Food Bioactives, particularly plant-based bioactives, are the focus of intense research with regards to their beneficial health properties.

Food Quality

QIB Extra can help you in all aspects of food quality; shelf-life, authenticity, texture analysis and product consistency.

Nutritional Information Solutions (NIS)

New legislation requires producers to label all foods with nutritional composition data. NIS can provide software to enable you to calculate your nutritional information from your recipe ingredients or if preferred can calculate the nutritional information for you.

Stats and Analysis

We offer access to a team of professional statisticians who will aim to give understandable answers to your data analysis questions or problems as well as help you design experiments. 

NCYC

National Collection of Yeast Cultures (NCYC) offers a number of commercial services including contract R&D, yeast identification, DNA fingerprinting and safe deposit.

Authentication

Utilizing the expertise of the Analytical Sciences Unit at Quadram Institute, QIB Extra is able to offer  rapid screening methods for detecting substitution of undeclared material in foods.

Applied Research and Analytical Services for Industry

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Latest News

Risk Assessment of Botulism from Chilled, VP/MAP (Vacuum Packed/Modified Atmosphere Packed) Fresh Meat held at 3°C to 8°C

26/03/2019

QIB Extra on behalf of Meat Livestock Australia (MLA) and The British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) undertook a project using a risk assessment approach and carried out a challenge test experiment, to establish whether a shelf-life of greater than 10 days can be applied to fresh chilled meat.

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New test to combat buffalo mozzarella fraud uncovers mislabelled products

05/03/2019

Scientists from the Quadram Institute on the Norwich Research Park have developed a test that differentiates between buffalo and cow’s milk, and between the cheeses made from them. Applying the test to commercial products, they found that many restaurant meals and supermarket pizzas claiming to be buffalo mozzarella are mislabelled, and instead contain mozzarella made wholly or partially from cows’ milk. 

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