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BCN Research Laboratories, Inc. is a food, beverage and water testing laboratory located in Rockford, TN that has been providing unparalleled service to the food and beverage processing  industry since 1988.

our mission

Our mission is to provide our customers with the highest quality laboratory testing and an unparalelled customer service while providing the most competitive prices.

our services

BCN Labs specializes in food and beverage microbiology including pathogen testing and mycology (yeast and mold spoilage). Our strong background in beverage and other acid food spoilage makes us indispensable for these sectors of the processing industry. We also specialize in intermediate and low-water activity food spoilage as well as preserved food and beverage spoilage. We are one of the leaders in the U.S. in food mycology and experts in spoilage of foods and beverages by molds such as heat-resistant, preservative-resistant and xerophilic molds. We are also one of the leaders in mold identification since we are one of the few labs that confirm the DNA sequencing results using traditional techniques. 

our founder

Emilia Rico picture 2018 2 webThe founder of BCN Labs, Dr. Emilia Rico, has done extensive work in the area of food microbiology and mycology including working with heat-resistant molds (HRM), xerophilic fungi, preservative-resistant fungi, Alicyclobacillus guaiacol positive (ACB), Sporolactobacillus, lactic acid bacteria (LAB), acetic acid bacteria (AAB), efficacy of sanitizers against fungi, spoilage prevention of foods and beverages, pathogen contamination prevention, etc. She has trained numerous food and beverage company personnel in food and beverage microbiology and mycology from the U.S. as well as Latin America and Europe. She is frequently invited as a speaker in the area of food and beverage spoilage of food and beverages, food safety and sanitation.

She is well known for her expertise in the area of spoilage investigation and prevention of (1) beverage and high acid foods (preserved food and beverages, heat-processed beverages that are hot-filled or cold-filled: sport drinks, juices, drinks containing juices, teas, nutritionally enriched beverages, bottled waters, flavored waters, etc.), (2) dairy products (milk, flavored milk, yogurt, cheese, cream, etc.), (3) low and intermediate moisture food spoilage (baking products, cereal bars, confectionery, jellies, preserves, pet foods and treats, etc.), as well as for expertise in food safety and sanitation.

Since 2003, Dr. Emilia Rico has been an active member of the prestigious International Commission on Food Mycology (ICFM) of the International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS). As a member of the ICFM, she participates in IUMS-ICFM symposia, workshops and outreach programs in developing countries such as Indonesia.

 our partners

BCN Labs is the sister company of Universal Sanitizers and Supplies, Inc. (USS) a sanitation company specialized in spoilage remediation/elimination. We are the only independent testing laboratory in the U.S. that can offer these services. We can offer both spoilage investigation and remediation.

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our staff

BCN Labs staffs expert sanitarians and consultants that are familiar with food processing, HACCP, GMP, food spoilage, food safety and sanitation programs.  They not only solve problems related to food and beverage processing but also design the right sanitation program to avoid future spoilage or pathogen contamination.

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