Food Testing

CARO is an essential element in the protection of Canada’s food source. Through our national contract with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, we test fruits, vegetables and honey for chemical residues. Fortunately, these services are not limited to our government clients: many private sector clients and individuals trust us to provide them with accurate data relating to food safety questions. Much like our current testing of soil, water, air and tissue, we test food products for pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, microbiological parameters, metals, as well as many other potentially harmful contaminants. In addition to testing food products, CARO also offers microbiological environmental surface testing to be used during routine cleaning and safety checks.

Food Testing Service

Our Top 4 Food Tests are:

  1. Pesticides in Food – Over the past few years, Canadians have been increasingly vigilant of the quality of food theyare consuming. Pesticides and herbicides are still used in agriculture to protect our food source from pests, and we test for over 500 of them.
  2. PH and Water Activity in Food – This test indicates the Shelf Stability for Temporary Food Markets, according to the BCCDC.
  3. Microbiology Test Kit – Bacteria come in all shapes and sizes and while many are safe (and sometimes beneficial!) for consumption in moderation, high levels can lead to health problems. Many of these bacteria exist on food as the result of inadequate processing, contamination, poor sanitation, and poor food handling processes that may result in preventable food poisoning incidents. This is why we offer microbiology testing on surface swabs. A summary of the most common parameters to test for on swabs is provided below.
  4. Metals in Foods – Providing analysis of Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury, you can request this testing through our online store.

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  • Total Coliforms – Generally harmless, but their presence indicates inadequate processing or contamination.
  • Fecal Coliforms – Typically found in the feces of humans and animals but may also be found naturally in the environment.
  • Escherichia coli – E.coli are members of the fecal coliform group and their presence is an indicator of direct fecal contamination.
  • Salmonella – commonly found in the intestines of animals and birds, Salmonella is an indicator of direct fecal contamination.
  • Total Aerobic Bacteria – Total Aerobic Bacteria represents the total number of bacteria able to grow in an
    oxygenated environment. Their presence is typically used to monitor overall quality, and to detect significant
    changes in quality, sanitation, processing, and food handling.
  • Yeast and Mold – often lead to spoilage of food products.

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Richmond, British Columbia

#110 – 4011 Viking Way
Richmond, BC, V6V 2K9, Canada
Phone: (604) 279-1499 Fax: (604) 279-1599
Email: [email protected]
Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
Saturday 9 am to 4 pm.
After Hours Emergency: 1 (888) 311-8849

 

Edmonton, Alberta

17225 109 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB, T5S 1H7, Canada
Phone: (780) 489-9100
Email: [email protected]
Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
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Burnaby, British Columbia

#108 – 4475 Wayburne Drive
Burnaby, BC V5G 4X4, Canada
Phone: (604) 279-1499
Email: [email protected]
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After Hours Emergency: 1 (888) 311-8849

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Kelowna, British Columbia

#102 – 3677 Highway 97N
Kelowna, BC, V1X 5C3, Canada
Phone: (250) 765-9646
Toll Free: 1 (888) 311-8846 Fax: (250) 765-3893
Email: [email protected]
Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm.
Saturday 9 am to 4 pm.
After Hours Emergency: 1 (888) 311-8849

 

Whitehorse, Yukon (depot)

BOX 10 33 Levich Drive

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Whitehorse, YT, Y1A0A8, Canada
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Toll Free: 1 (888) 311-8846
Email: [email protected]
Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm
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Victoria, B.C. (depot)

#3-576 Hillside Avenue

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Victoria, V8T 1Y9, BC, Canada
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Toll Free: 1 (888) 311-8846
Email: [email protected]
Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 5 pm
After Hours Emergency: 1 (888) 311-8849

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