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Microbiology and Mushroom Research Division

Microbiological Analysis

CSIR-FRI offers comprehensive chemical and microbiological analytical services to the local beverage, food, feed and brewing industries.

The tests are carried out in accordance with both national and international accepted quality standards. Standard methods are used for almost all our analyses.

SANAS Accreditation of 15 laboratory methods among others

4 accredited test methods in Food Chemistry

11 accredited test methods in Food Microbiology

CSIR-FRI/PTB project to provide accreditation for mycotoxin analysis at the CSIR-FRI. Sensory evaluation analysis for the food industry. Food processing and Preservation laboratory services (e.g water activity, textureanalysis and shelf life studies)

The food microbiology laboratory has accreditation to (lSO/IEC17025:2005) for 11 microbiological methods. This was granted by the South Africa National Accreditation System (SANAS)

Accredited Microbiological tests are: 

    1.Enumeration of yeasts and moulds. ISO 7954.1987 (E) 

    2.Detection and enumeration of presumptive Escherichia coli. -Most Probable NumberTechnique ISO 72512005 (E). 

    3.Detection of Salmonella, NMKL No. 71.1999, 5th Ed. Method. AOAC 920.39C (2000) 

    4.Coliform bacteria detection in food NMKL No.44, 2004 6th Ed. 

    5.Determination ofBacillus cereus in food NMLK N. 67, 2003 5th Ed

    6.Determination of aerobic microorganisms in foods at 30 C NMKL No.86, 2006, 4th Ed. 

    7.Thermo-tolerant coliform bacteria and Escherichia coli Enumeration in food and feed NMKL No. 125,2005 4th Ed. 

    8.Enterococcus determination in food. NMKL No.68, 20044th Ed. 

    9.Aerobic microorganisms and presumptive NMKL No.5,2001 5th Ed. 

    10.Enterobacteriae-Enumeration on surfaces and utensils aerobic and anaerobic bacteria in canned food NMKL No. 59,2004 3th Ed. 

    11.Enumeration of coagulate positive Staphylococcus aureus in food. NMKL No. 66,2003

Microbiology analyses cover the: 

    • Quality control of raw materials, intermediate and finished products 

    • Determination of indicator organisms, pathogenic micro-organisms such as Salmonella and Vibrio and specific spoilage organisms 

    • Identification of bacteria, yeasts and moulds 

    • Testing for sterility & the Evaluation of efficacy of disinfectants in food hygiene

Our food microbiology laboratory is equipped with modern instruments such as:

2 and 5 litre fermentor, Freezer dryer, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine, Denaturing Gradient Gel Equipment (DGGE), Pulse field Gel Electrophoresis, Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis.

Food Research Institute is located Adjacent to Ghana Standards Authority, Near Gulf House, Tetteh Quarshie Interchange, Accra, Ghana. We are open to the general public from Monday to Friday 7:30am - 5:00pm, excluding holidays. If you need any additional information or have a question, please contact us on 0302-962068/+233-243302980 or email us at info@foodresearchgh.org or director@foodresearchgh.org.

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