World Leading Microbiology Testing Services from Microban®
As part of Barr Brands International, Microban® is able to offer a host of microbiology testing and technical support services. Services include:
- Bacteria and mold identification
- Quality assurance
- Applied environmental and mycological sampling
- Independent and confidential pre-GLP screening for antimicrobial products and protocols
Microban's microbiology testing laboratories are certified according to ISO 9001:2008 and staffed with experienced microbiologists. In our state of the art BSL-2 test labs, a variety of bacterial and mycological tests are routinely performed. These labs have the capacity to perform over 40,000 bacterial and fungal tests annually using industry standard test methods designed for a wide range of product substrates and antimicrobial technologies. The organism library includes ATCC organisms, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin-Resistant enterococci (VRE), Clostridium difficile, and Listeria monocytogenes.
Microbiology testing is supported by the ATL Sample Master LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System), ensuring rapid, accurate test results. Sample preparation of multiple matrices including textiles and polymers is available upon request.
Use us for testing and verification of the antimicrobial performance of your products, and also as an independent pre-GLP screen for your protocols.
Antimicrobial Testing & Quality Assurance
At Microban®, all of our antimicrobial technologies undergo thorough lab testing prior to deployment. This antimicrobial testing enables us to continually research and develop new technologies, assess the effectiveness of our solutions, and support the development and launch of our partner's antimicrobial products.
We supply a rigorous quality assurance program to ensure our partner's products deliver on all antimicrobial promises. Our team’s mission is to supply every partner with the best-fitting antimicrobial solution through thorough product testing. Laboratory tests are administered using partner samples and randomly chosen articles to ensure Microban® protection remains effective in resisting the effects of harmful bacteria, mold and mildew correctly.
Microban® evaluates batch production samples submitted by a partner in our microbiology product testing laboratory for verification of antimicrobial efficacy and proper antimicrobial loading levels. In addition, Microban® procures random samples from the field for product laboratory testing to continue monitoring the antimicrobial technology’s efficacy.
Microban's bacterial test lab conducts a plethora of qualitative and quantitative tests according to recognized industry and international standards such as AATCC, ASTM, EPA, ISO, JIS, and FZ/T. In our bacterial test lab, antimicrobial samples are evaluated for performance against Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria to determine scope of performance. Based on partner requests, non-routine challenge organisms (MRSA, VRE, C. difficile, Listeria) can also be included in testing. Our testing portfolio includes conventional tests such as Kirby Bauer, environmental monitoring (e.g. aerobic plate count), and Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) studies as well as neutralization studies (ASTM E1054).
Microban's fungal test lab conducts a wide range of industry and international standard tests to validate antifungal efficacy, e.g. AATCC 30-III, AATCC 174-III, ASTM G21, and ASTM D3273. Mycological analyses are performed to include nutrient challenge protocols or in fungal chambers to simulate environmental conditions.
Applied Environmental Monitoring
Environmental Mold Identification
Moisture, nutrients, and temperature influence the growth of molds inside buildings. Generally, molds can grow on almost all natural and synthetic materials, especially if they are wet. Some surfaces absorb dust and serve as good growth substrates for several types of fungi. Health hazards of exposure to indoor fungi include mold sensitivity, irritative disorders such as asthma and allergies, respiratory symptoms and infections, rheumatologic and other immune diseases, as well as neuropsychiatric problems. If you suspect mold proliferation inside a building, Microban can provide mold identification services to determine the type of mold and whether a risk assessment and remedial actions are required.
Microban's team of microbiologists conduct swab studies on behalf of the environmental, food and health sectors to assess hygiene and sanitation, determine extent and degree of contamination, as well as develop technical solutions. Our experienced microbiologists consult with partners, visit study sites, and develop appropriate sampling plans to conduct swab studies. Environmental Surface Swab Studies include sampling of critical surfaces as well as characterization and identification of recovered organisms.
Water Quality Monitoring
Microbiological quality of water is often at risk due to various unpredictable events such as flooding and infrastructure malfunctions. Water quality is also affected by poor planning of industrial sites, animal farms, and barnyards and feedlots. The type of water source is generally indicative of the potential risks of contamination. Poor water quality can affect the quality of food crops and lead to illness in those who consume them. For example, the water may contain germs that cause human disease. Irrigating crops with contaminated water can then lead to contaminated food products which lead to illness when eaten. While groundwater has been considered one of the safest sources of water, it may not be possible to use water from these sources for irrigation due to field location and size. Monitoring the quality of water used in agriculture, manufacturing, or for home use involves sampling and testing to detect fecal and non-fecal contamination. Results from these tests form the bases for development of appropriate solutions. Microban's microbiology testing services use standard protocols to evaluate water samples for microbiological quality.
Quality Indicator Testing For Food Safety
We understand that food production is a high-stakes business because of the risks and serious consequences of loss due to contamination with spoilage organisms or foodborne pathogens. The Food Safety Modernizations Act (FSMA 2010) seeks to address the problem of foodborne illnesses by requiring food production enterprises to develop and validate measures that lessen chances for product contamination, consumer infections, and recalls. Using our Biomerieux TEMPO system, an AOAC approved automated quality indicator testing system, we rapidly enumerate quality indicator organisms in food and environmental samples: total viable counts, coliform counts, generic E. coli, Enterobacteriaceae, lactic acid bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, and yeast/molds.
Custom Microbiology Testing Services
Upon request, Microban® can provide extended support such as ceramic, polymer, and textile sample cutting and preparation, environmental/field sampling, identification of recovered microbes, and consultation for test result interpretation. Additional customized tests and services are available to suit your specific needs.