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Shelf Life Studies
Shelf Life Studies

Consumers accept your product code date as a safety and quality warranty. What happens to brand loyalty if your "warranty" doesn't live up to expectations?

For years, ILC Micro-Chem has worked with companies in the food industry who are concerned with the shelf life and stability of their product under certain environmental conditions. As the producer, you want to know when to pull any remaining product from the retailer?s shelf before receiving a complaint from the consumer.


The purpose of doing a shelf life study is to determine the amount of time that the product can remain available to the consumer. This will determine what parameter(s) of the product will be the first cause of either non-palatability or potential hazard.

A shelf-life study yields valuable data about the life expectancy of a product, ensuring quality fit for a consumer's acceptance of your product. Shelf-life studies are instrumental in helping you make informed decisions about your product, with possible money savings.

When designed and executed properly, shelf life studies can be a valuable tool in determining a product?s most effective storage conditions and distribution process.

Accelerated Shelf Life Studies

Often times, time is of the essence, and running a shelf life study for one year is not desirable considering other pressures. ILC can accurately predict the spoilage of the product in a shorter time frame than in which the spoilage would occur under real life conditions. For this, we conduct an Accelerated Shelf Life Study that will select conditions that will accelerate the onset of reactions, then comparing the values for this parameter under abusive conditions to values obtained under "normal" conditions.


arrow1  Evaluate the effects of processing and / or formulation changes

arrow2  Identify unstable formulations or problematic ingredients

arrow2  Choose optimum packaging and / or storage conditions

Our extensive experience includes work with:

arrow3  Bakery Products; Bread, Cereal and related products

arrow4  Prepared Foods, Salads, Soups

arrow5  Meat, Poultry and Seafood

arrow6  Cheese and Dairy Products

arrow7  Dressings and Sauces

arrow8  Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts and Seeds

Dressings and sauces

Our experience can provide useful information for the food company to make the best decisions for their product, while still maintaining a commitment to freshness, visual appeal, or safety of the product.