Laboratory Services

Laboratory Services


From routine analysis to specialized research projects, The Food Processing Center can provide rapid and accurate microbiological testing so you can make appropriate decisions regarding the safety of your food products. These comprehensive services allow your company to bring safe products to the market and quickly address food safety issues.

General Microbiology

  • Aerobic (Standard) Plate Count
  • Anaerobic Plate Count
  • E. coli or Coliforms
  • Lactic Acid Bacteria
  • Mesophilic Spore Formers
  • Mold and Yeast
  • Psychotropic Plate Count
  • Thermophilic Spore Formers
  • Probiotic Testing

 Food Screen

  • Coliforms
  • Generic E. Coli
  • Salmonella
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Total Plate Count
  • Yeasts and Molds

Acidified Foods Testing

  • Process Review
  • Testing

Water Analysis

  • Aerobic Plate Count
  • Fecal Coliforms
  • Total Coliforms


Our pathogen testing capabilities include the following organisms:

  • Bacillus cereus
  • Campylobacter
  • Chronobacter
  • Clostridium perfringens
  • Hemorrhagic E. coli (O157:H7)
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Non-O157 STEC E.coli screen
  • Salmonella
  • Staphylococcus areus
  • Shigella
  • Vibrio
  • Yersinia

Shelf Life Studies

  • Customized Testing

Additional Testing Services

  • Mycotoxin Analysis
  • Validation and Inoculation Studies
  • Headspace Analysis (MOCON)
  • pH
  • HACCP Training and Consultation
  • Additional tests available upon request


For more information contact:

Jayne Stratton Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
The Food Processing Center
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1901 North 21 ST
Lincoln, NE 68588-6206

Phone: 402-472-2829