UL puts safety at the top of the food chain.

As products flow across borders more and more frequently, our services provide confidence and peace of mind for food and beverage industries.

The benefits of working with UL
UL develops food safety and quality assurance programs that focus on prevention, not just detection. At every stage, from production to consumption, we help protect public health and brand reputation by mitigating the complex realities of today’s volatile world.

Our global presence, more than a century of safety science expertise and more than 50 years of food industry experience uniquely enable UL to meet our customers’ key business needs throughout the product lifecycle.

Our auditing and inspection services for the industry include food safety and manufacturing audits, food process validation, vendor qualification, quality assurance testing, real-time training and advisory services. Audits are based on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Codes and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) regulations.

We work closely with retailers and manufacturers to develop comprehensive and safe food sourcing programs. Our quality management services help UL customers that source ingredients in the global marketplace to consistently meet their quality and consistency specifications. We can assess prospective suppliers, identify potential business interruptions that may impact brand viability, develop quality protocols and monitor adherence throughout the supply chain.

Protecting public health and brand reputation
UL’s extensive services are committed to public health and the success of our partners. Our state-of-the-art laboratories have full analytical, microbiological, physical, shelf-life and performance testing capabilities. We use recognized test methods to help verify that food, beverages and packaging are safe, feasible to manufacture, stable and compliant with applicable regulations.

We utilize standard test methods to accurately determine the presence of pathogens in food and beverages, and chemical testing and microbiological batch testing to detect aerobic plate counts, yeast and mold, and pathogens. Our food forensics service can check for the presence and causes of alleged problems related to food and beverage products.

We can assist efforts to enhance product performance with sensory evaluations and consumer studies that provide vital comparisons of consumer-perceived attributes. Our ability to integrate sensory evaluations with analytical and physical testing makes us the preferred sensory services provider for the consumer products industry.

Our potential new item program helps manufacturers and retailers identify areas for product improvement to reduce exposure to product failures and recalls.

Sharpen safety skills
UL offers food professionals an innovative training curriculum that builds upon and enhances their company’s existing food safety management schemes and in-house training programs, providing the tools needed to address today’s ever-evolving food safety challenges.

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