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The purpose of this on-site spoilage investigation audit is to investigate the source(s) of spoilage at the processing facility as well as to review all sanitation procedures to determine if they are adequate. This audit is designed to help the plant in preventing or reducing future product spoilage.

Services Provided During Audit

The following services will be provided during the plant visit:

  • Audit of the processing line(s) and other areas that could harbor bacteria (including  pathogens), yeast and molds that could spoil the product: equipment,  environment, packaging, ingredient storage, batching room, filler room,  bottle rinser/sterilizer, depalletizer, etc.
  • Audit can be customized for target organisms such as pathogens, acetic acid bacteria, yeast,  heat-resistant molds (HRM), preservative-resistant fungi or xerophilic fungi
  • Review of sanitation SOPs, cleaners used and concentrations, sanitizers used and concentration, cleaning equipment,  GSPs, etc .
  • Environmental sampling that will include swabs, sponges, air plates and water samples.
  • Recommendations and improvements that could prevent or reduce future spoilage issues.


Time Required

  • One to three days of in-plant inspection and document review
  • 5 to 10 days for lab testing, identification and review
  • up to 14 days for final report


Price. Contact Dr. Emilia Rico by filling out the form in the Contact Us page.

Other audits

  • Mock AIB audits - audits performed using AIB standards.
  • Sanitation audits – audits designed to identify sanitation deficiencies.
  • GMP audits – employee specific audits to help employee and employer identify gaps in training.