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Shelf Life

Shelf Life

In recent years, due to the increased demand and to make more profit, many local vendors, farmers, and wholesale dealers to supermarkets, adulterate the vegetables and fruits and their products with chemical pesticides like calcium carbide, and copper sulfate for ripening, inject hormone injections, add harmful synthetic coloring agents such as malachite green dye, and add oxytocin saccharin wax coating to make them appear healthy and shiner.

Shelf-life testing is crucial to ensuring food and products’ safety and quality. It involves evaluating the changes that occur in a product over time under various storage conditions. By conducting shelf-life testing, manufacturers can determine the period during which a product will remain safe to consume and maintain its desired quality attributes.

Here are some key points regarding shelf life testing of food and food products:

Purpose

Shelf-life testing aims to assess the changes in a product’s sensory, chemical, microbiological, and nutritional characteristics over time. It helps determine the product’s expiration date or “best before” date.

Factors affecting Shelf Life

Several factors can influence the shelf life of food, including temperature, humidity, light exposure, packaging materials, processing methods, and the presence of preservatives or other additives.

Accelerated Shelf Life Testing (ASLT)

In some cases, manufacturers use accelerated testing methods to estimate the product’s shelf life more quickly. These methods involve subjecting the product to elevated temperatures or other stress conditions to simulate the effects of time. However, it’s important to validate accelerated testing results with real-time testing.

Real-time Shelf Life Testing

Real-time testing involves storing the product under normal or recommended storage conditions and monitoring its quality over an extended period. This method provides more accurate data but requires a longer time frame.

Shelf life testing

Testing Parameters

Shelf life testing typically includes assessing sensory attributes like taste, odor, appearance, and texture, as well as chemical properties such as nutrient content, pH, and moisture levels. Microbiological testing is essential to evaluate microbial growth and the potential for spoilage or foodborne pathogens.

Shelf Life Estimation

Shelf life is determined by conducting periodic testing at predetermined intervals and comparing the results against pre-established criteria or specifications. These specifications may include sensory acceptability thresholds, microbiological safety limits, or nutrient degradation limits.

Regulatory Considerations

Food regulatory agencies often require manufacturers to conduct shelf-life testing and provide accurate expiration dates or “best before” dates on product labels. Compliance with these regulations ensures consumer safety and helps prevent the sale of expired or unsafe products.

Packaging Considerations

The type of packaging used for food products can significantly impact shelf life. Packaging materials should provide an adequate barrier against moisture, oxygen, light, and other external factors that can deteriorate the product. Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) or vacuum packaging may be employed to extend shelf life by reducing oxygen levels.

Ongoing Monitoring

Even after a product is released to the market, manufacturers often continue to monitor its shelf life to ensure consistency and quality. This monitoring can involve periodic sampling and testing of products stored in distribution centers or on retail shelves.

Why test at AMMAGENOMICS?

We at AMMAGENOMICS have developed our own rapid, high-throughput PCR tests to detect food pathogens and the results are obtained in a quick turnaround time. At AMMAGENOMICS we test the shelf life of all food and food products and give results in a quick turnaround time. This helps consumers from buying expired and spoilt food and prevents various health problems as a result of it.

In most food testing labs, the shelf life of food and food products are detected using a conventional microbiological method which involves comprehensive, laborious, and time-consuming testing procedures and the results take several days to weeks. But at AMMAGENOMICS with our advanced technology, we give the results in a day.

Overall, shelf-life testing is a vital process for food manufacturers to ensure product quality, safety, and compliance with regulatory requirements. By conducting rigorous testing, manufacturers can confidently establish appropriate expiration dates and provide consumers with safe, high-quality food products.

Food / Diet Suggestions

Food Testing and Diagnostic Testing at AMMAGENOMICS will positively impact your life. Based on the test results, you are given food and dietary suggestions to improve your overall health. Signup for FREE Dietary and Lifestyle suggestions. Call / WhatsApp +91 7200636219 / +91 9342309643 to register.

How to take the test if you are not residing in Chennai?

Don’t worry if you are not staying in Chennai but still like to do Food Shelf Life Test with us, Call / WhatsApp +91 7200636219 / +91 9342309643 and we will guide you.

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