Shelf Life Study Services

The Food Development Centre (FDC) performs real time shelf life testing.  We offer analytical testing (pH, water activity, moisture, brix, colour, viscosity, total solids), microbiological testing (aerobic plate count, yeast, mold, total coliforms, E.coli), and sensory evaluation (aroma, appearance, texture, flavour). 
Additional tests (Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, peroxide value, hexanal) can be tested at a subcontracted lab.
Food with less than 90 days shelf life must have a best before date on the label. For more information, please visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.
To provide a shelf life study, FDC requires the following product information:
   -  Product description
   -  Package type (i.e. 250ml glass jar)
   -  Storage conditions (i.e. refrigerated, shelf stable)
   -  Expected shelf life 
   -  Contact name, address, phone number, email
Test Results:
A Certificate of Analysis (C of A) is issued upon completion of testing as outlined in the proposal. All certificates are issued in a standardized format. 
Sample drop-off location:
Samples can be delivered by hand or shipped via courier addressed for mail to:
    Food Development Centre
    Food and Analytical Laboratory 
    810 Phillips Street
    Portage la Prairie, MB Canada  R1N 4A4
    PHONE: 204-239-3150  // 1-800-870-1044 (Canada only)
Samples can be dropped off Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Samples received after 3:00 pm will not be entered into the system for analysis until the next business day.  
For more information, please contact us by phone or email.