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Food Microbiology


The Food Microbiology Laboratory’s aim is to assist individuals as well as corporate organizations that are food safety conscious, in ensuring that the food they are eating are safe.


The Laboratory will provide testing assistance to adhere to either your own company’s set acceptable limits or compliance against National Food Regulations that are currently enforced in Mauritius or even against other countries’ regulations if need be.


The laboratory carries out microbiological analysis of a wide range of food and food products namely potable/tap or bottled drinking water and other beverages, all fish and fish products, meat and meat products and animal feeds and milk and dairy products and other food matrices.



The testing activities are conducted by well-trained personnel in a fully-equipped lab and cover various tests namely detection of pathogens such as Salmonella species, enumeration tests of a number of micro-organisms namely Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Yeasts and Moulds as well as the Total Microbial Count test.


 (See list of services provided below that is a comprehensive list).



It is note-worthy to mention that the laboratory is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by the Mauritius Accreditation services(MAURITAS)) for the below mentioned ISO test methods.


The laboratory is presently working to add up new test methods in its scope of accreditation.




​ ​Enumeration of Culturable microorganisms in water at 220 C and 370 C.
Total Viable count at 300 C in food and food products.
Enumeration of Coagulase positive Staphylococci in food and food products
4 Enumeration of Coliforms bacteria in food and food products.  ​ ​
5 ​DPresumptive presence of Salmonella species in food and food products.
6 Enumeration of beta (β)-glucuronidase positive Escherichia coli in food and food products
Enumeration of Coliforms bacteria and Escherichia coli in water.
Enumeration of Yeasts in food and food products.​ ​ ​


List of all Services offered by the Food Microbiology Laboratory

Test Parameters
1 Total viable count at 22 oC
2 Total viable count at 30oC
3 Total viable count at 37oC
4 Total coliform

Echerichia coli

6 Salmonella species
8 Yeast and moulds
9 Coagulase positive staphylococci
12 Beta glucorunidase positive Escherichia coli
15 Cleaning and disinfection efficacy test (indicator test to evaluate the efficiency of cleaning methods)
16 Evaluation of air microflora (This test assesses the microbial load of air inside a processing plant)

 Contact person:Mrs Samila D Gobalakisnin


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