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  • 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)

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BCN Labs provides clients with unmatched technical expertise in food and beverage mycology. We are trained to identify the cause of yeast and mold spoilage. Spoilage can be due to ingredients, packaging supplies, and the 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. Know your product characteristics and what kind of mold or yeast can spoil it. Then, monitor your environment and ingredients for that specific microorganism.

One of our specialties is spoilage due to heat-resistant molds such asByssochlamys fulva, B. nivea, B. spectabilis (Paecilomyces variotii complex), Talaromyces macrosporus, T. trachyspermus, Neosartorya fischeri, 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-resuistant 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 for additional tests.

  • Enumeration of yeasts and molds
  • Osmophilic yeasts
  • Preservative-resistant yeasts
  • Preservative-resistant molds
  • Xerophilic molds
  • Heat-resistant mold spores
  • A. flavus/A. parasiticusCount
  • Yeast Identification
  • Mold Identification
  • Shelf-life Studies
  • Environmental Audits
  • Mycotoxins
  • Consumer Complaints
  • Consulting
  • Sanitizer Challenge Tests