Barr Brands International Microbiology Testing Services

Barr Brands International (BBI) now offers independent and confidential microbiology testing services and is conveniently located near the hub of Charlotte, NC. BBI offers a wide array of microbiological and technical support services such as applied environmental and mycological sampling, quality indicator testing for food safety, bacteria, and mold identification, independent and confidential pre-GLP screening for antimicrobial products and protocols. For additional information, please complete the form and we will contact you.

The test 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 30,000 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, 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.

Bacteria Testing Lab

The bacterial test lab conducts a plethora of qualitative and quantitative tests according to recognized industry and international standards - 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).

Fungal Testing Lab

The 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 mold proliferation is suspected inside a building, the BBI Microbiology Testing Services provides mold identification services to determine the type of mold and whether a risk assessment and remedial actions are required.

Microbiologists from the BBI Microbiology Testing Services 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. The BBI Microbiology Testing Services uses 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.

Rapid turnaround of test results is critical to minimize quarantine time for products.

Special Services

Upon request, the BBI Microbiology Test Services provides 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 special needs. For additional information, please fill out the contact us form.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
  • American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

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