Skip to content

Microbiological quality in the agri-food sector

Contact Infrastructure Provider


  • Service(s) using this infrastructure: None


Microbiological quality in the agri-food sector 0 Microbiological quality in the agri-food sector 1 Microbiological quality in the agri-food sector 2 Microbiological quality in the agri-food sector 3 Microbiological quality in the agri-food sector 4 The laboratory provides the following kinds of analyses, among others:


  • Counting of mesophilic aerobic microorganisms at 30 °C.
  • Mold and yeast count
  • Enumeration of Enterobacteriaceae
  • Coliform count
  • Thermotolerant coliform count
  • Escherichia coli count
  • Clostridium perfringens count
  • Count of coagulase-positive staphylococci (Staphylococcus aureus )
  • Bacillus cereus count
  • Count of sulfite-reducing anaerobes
  • Anaerobic bacteria count
  • Fecal streptococci count
  • Count of lactic acid bacteria
  • Spore count at 30 °C and at 55 °C
  • Salmonella research
  • Research on Listeria monocytogenes
  • Investigation of Alicyclobacillus sp.
  • Complete microbiological analysis of water
  • Stability and sterility control of preserves (with or without species identification)
  • Identification of microorganisms by cultural and/or microscopic techniques, using API strips and Molecular Biology techniques
  • Evaluation of the bactericidal or fungicidal activity of compounds.
  • Sensory analysis


  • Isolation and identification of molds at genus or species level
  • Analysis of mycotoxins in food (ELISA or HPLC method): aflatoxins, zearalenone, fumonisins, ochratoxins, trichothecenes (deoxynivalenol, toxin T-2, diacetoxyscirpenol), patulin, etc. Analysis of conjugated mycotoxins.
  • Determination of the effectiveness of adsorbent compounds of mycotoxins


  • Determination of the water activity of food
  • Microbiological control of air, surfaces and handlers
  • Food handlers courses
  • Realization of practical training courses and/or recycling in microbiological analysis techniques for small groups
  • Scientific advice for the implementation of the HACCP system

The laboratory has the complete equipment of a microbiology laboratory, including laminar flow cabins, autoclaves, stoves, incubators, orbitals, masticators, pH-meters, shakers, microscopes, centrifuges, etc. On the other hand, it has equipment for the determination of mycotoxins by ELISA techniques (plate reader) or HPLC (HPLC and UPCL chromatographic system with fluorescence and diode array detectors). It also has a molecular biology laboratory equipped with what is necessary to carry out the identification of species, including a PCR.