Call now ยป (+1) 865.573.7511

  • Identification of microbes

  • We specialize in molds and yeasts

  • Testing Services

  • State of the art molecular identification

  • Yeast and mold spoilage

  • Customized Training Courses

  • Customized research projects

  • On-site spoilage investigation audit

  • Certified women-owned business (WBE)

prev next

BCN Labs provides clients with unmatched technical expertise in food and beverage mycology. We are well known for our yeast and mold spoilage investigation assessments. Spoilage can be due to ingredients, packaging supplies, and the processing environment (air and equipment). Due to our strong background in sanitation, we can recommend the right sanitation procedures and sanitizers to effectively eliminate the cause of your spoilage. Not every mold or yeast can spoil your product. A total yeast and mold count may not be meaningful unless you know what microorganism(s) you are looking for which is called the associated mycobiota. To prevent spoilage, it is essential to know your product characteristics and what kind of mold or yeast can spoil it. Then, monitor your environment and ingredients for the specific microorganism(s).

One of our specialties is spoilage due to heat-resistant molds such as Byssochlamys fulva, B. nivea, B. spectabilis (Paecilomyces variotii), Talaromyces macrosporus, T. trachyspermus, Neosartorya fischeri (Aspergillus fisheri), etc.  We specialize in their detection, enumeration, and risk assessment. We also can offer means to correct the problem. We are also specialized in preservative-resistant fungi as well as moderate and extreme xerophilic fungi (mold that grow at intermediate to low water activity)..

BCN Labs offers a wide array of mycological tests. Below is a list of some of the mycological tests we perform. Call us to inquiry about additional tests.

  • Enumeration of yeasts and molds
  • Osmophilic yeasts
  • Preservative-resistant yeasts
  • Preservative-resistant molds
  • Xerophilic molds
  • Heat-resistant mold spores
  • A. flavus/A. parasiticus Count
  • Yeast Identification
  • Mold Identification
  • Shelf-life Studies
  • Challenge tsts
  • Preservative efficacy studies
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Mycotoxins
  • Consumer Complaints
  • Consulting
  • Sanitizer Challenge