Major multinationals and leading pet food companies across North America have relied on Maxxam’s laboratory services for the past 40 years to protect their brand reputations. We’ve recently partnered with K-State Olathe to build a state of the art, accredited food testing laboratory, located in Kansas State, offering a comprehensive solution that our Mid-west clients have been asking for—same sample day pickup, online sample submission leveraging Maxxam’s Electronic Chain of Custody platform (eCOC) and personalized customer service.

Maxxam’s food science and safety services laboratory is located in the heart of ‘Pet Food Alley’, operating a full-service 3,000-square foot, ISO 17025 accredited pet food microbiology laboratory. Maxxam — a Bureau Veritas Group Company operates a network of over 40 laboratories across North America.

Let our expertise help safeguard your brand with our extensive range of services for your food testing requirements:

• Rapid and Conventional Salmonella
• Salmonella Serology
• Total Plate Count
• E.coli/Coliforms
• Enterobacteriacea
• Yeast and Mold
• Clostridium perfringens

Contaminant Chemistry:
• Allergens
• Pesticides
• Antibiotics and Hormones

Nutritional Chemistry:
• Vitamins
• Minerals
• Protein
• Fats


• Online submission of sample information- eCOC
• Barcode traceability
• Access to all results 24/7 through Maxxam’s Customer Portal
• Ability to trend data for non-conformances

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• Located minutes from Kansas City
• Microbiology Laboratory in the Animal Health Corridor
• 24/7 Operations
• Expansive Same Day Pick up Network


• 7 Day / Week Customer Service
• Responsiveness to the Needs of your Business
• Access to Technical Services consultation


For over 40 years, Maxxam’s food testing methods have been trusted by North America’s leading pet food companies. Maxxam’s rigorous Quality System provides customers with complete confidence in the data we generate. Over 40 QA managers, specialists and coordinators reinforce Maxxam’s Quality Management System through on-going monitoring, training, and documentation. Our stringent quality adherence strategy is supported through participation in many relevant national and international accreditation programs such as the FDA, USDA, and ISO 17025.

Rely on Maxxam for food chemistry and nutritional labeling analyses

Maxxam provides a complete range of analytical capabilities for nutritional composition meeting Canadian and US food label requirements. Other testing services include the analysis of preservatives, additives, allergens, meat species identification and other specialized quality assurance and specification testing.

Major food manufacturers and retailers (Grocery, Fast Food, and Distribution) rely on Maxxam for their food chemistry and nutritional labeling analyses. We also provide advice regarding sampling and analytical requirements to ensure compliance with labeling regulations for Canada and the USA.

Mandatory Nutritional Labeling

Our end-to-end solution for Mandatory Nutritional Labeling (MNL) is made possible through our partnership with the NutriFacts Graphics division of Barcode Graphics. Barcode Graphics is a leader in providing precision print-ready barcode services and graphics to the packaging industry through BarcodeNOW.

Their NutriFactsNOW web site provides instant access to print-ready Nutrition Facts Table (NFT) graphics that are in compliance, and inexpensive. Other services offered include ADS Analysis and Package Review.

Fully-accredited for your global testing needs

As an ISO 17025 laboratory accredited for nutritional tests, Maxxam meets the recommendations of CFIA compliance and nutritional information. Results are reported per 100 g, which meets the CDN Food and Drug Regulation B.01.404. Maxxam also reports results through our partner Barcode Graphics, a Simulated CDN and USA Nutritional table. This table includes all calculations including rounding and percent daily values as well as available nutritional claims listed. Our Food Nutritional Labeling capabilities include:

  • Fat (saturated unsaturated, trans-fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids)
  • Protein
  • Moisture
  • Fiber
  • Carbohydrates
  • Sugar profiling
  • Calories
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Cholesterol

Other Tests:

  • Preservatives
  • Allergens
  • Meat Species ID
  • Mycotoxins
  • Rancidity

Microbiological analysis and consultation to support routine quality control and quality assurance programs

Maxxam provides detection and identification of a wide range of microbes in any food or water sample and in support of sanitary inspection services. Our food microbiology laboratory specializes in Rapid Methods, Shelf Life testing and FBI food borne illness. We also use USDA/FSIS test methods for export to the US.

Our food microbiology laboratories provide microbiological analysis and consultation in support of your routine quality control and quality assurance programs. This analysis and consultation includes our HACCP and sanitary inspection services, shelf-life studies (various refrigerated temperatures and room temperatures) and food-borne illness investigations.

Maxxam is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada ( for a variety of food and beverage types and approved by the CFIA for many microbiological analyses:

  • Aerobic colony count
  • Coliform
  • Generic E.Coli
  • E.Coli 0157:H7
  • Salmonella
  • Listeria
  • Coagulase positive S.aureus
  • LAB – Lactic Acid Bacteria
  • Yeast and mold

Other validated microbiological tests include:

  • B.cereus
  • Campylobacter sp.
  • Clostridium sp.
  • Shigella sp.
  • Anaerobic spore count
  • Fecal strep/enterococcus
  • Mesophilic/thermophilic spore count
  • Pseudomones sp.

Rapid Testing

  • Rapid Listeria assay
  • Rapid Salmonella assay
  • Canadian and USDA FSIS Methods
  • E.Coli 0157:H7
  • Rapid S.aureus

Verify claims on food products or proteins as free from hormones or antibiotics

Maxxam is a North American leader in the analysis of food products for chemical and veterinary drug residues. We have a wide scope of accreditation with the Standards Council of Canada and our analyses is approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Maxxam is a provider of contract food residue testing services to government agencies such as the CFIA and USDA.

Specific examples of Maxxam’s leadership position include:

  • The only laboratory in North America approved for veterinary drug residue testing as part of the requirements for hormone-free beef exports to the European Union.
  • The development of a sensitive method for the detection of chloramphenicol in honey, seafood and meat. Our method is approved by the CFIA.
  • Sensitive method development for the detection of ractopamine and thyriostats in animal tissues to help industry comply with government regulatory requirements.
  • Development of CFIA fish and seafood residue testing for the QMPI program.
  • Routine testing of a wide variety of sample types including meat and meat products, urine samples, fish and fish products, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, processed food products, prepared foods and ingredients.

Our food testing capabilities include:

  • Multi-residue methods for pesticides, herbicides and insecticides (includes more than 200 compounds)
  • Individual pesticide compounds and/or metabolites
  • Individual or multi-drug residue analysis
  • Antibiotics
  • Growth-promoting hormones
  • Dioxins and furans
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Heavy Metals
  • Mycotoxins (such as aflatoxin)
  • Method development and validation services
  • Melamine, cyanuric acid and aminopterine in pet food

Assess supply chain food quality or food safety by sampling products from retail or foodservice

Through our food testing services, Maxxam Analytics can help improve the quality, reputation, safety and regulatory compliance of your food products and food service establishments.

A single food-borne illness outbreak can dramatically affect the reputation of a product and/or corporate brand name. In addition to the obvious health impacts, the financial impacts can be devastating such as direct litigation, product recalls, and reduced sales.

In addition to retail audits, Maxxam can help with your supplier/vendor audits, HACCP pre-inspections, and GMP plant inspections and audits. We can also establish comprehensive sampling, inspection and analytical programs for specific new product or marketing initiatives, and in support of product differentiation initiatives.

In Quebec, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) requires specific training for staff in the food services and food manufacturing industry. Maxxam can provide training for food handlers and food managers by one of our accredited trainers.

Making an allergen claim?

Maxxam screens for a comprehensive range of allergen proteins and residues in food and swab samples.

Maxxam’s Food Science & Safety Services group offers:

  • Allergen testing for ingredients, finished product and environmental surfaces
  • 5 day Regular Turn-around Time (1 day Rush available)
  • Accredited, full-service ELISA testing methodology (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbant Assay)
  • Validation testing for on-site/internal Laboratories

Work with Maxxam to ensure your products are in compliance with the latest ‘allergen-free’ or ‘gluten-free’ claims desired by your marketing teams.

Need to validate your product’s susceptibility to pathogenic growth and spoilage?

Leverage Maxxam’s Challenge Testing to ensure food reaches consumers in acceptable quality.

Maxxam’s Food Science and Safety Services group offers:

  • A unique challenge study depending on the food product (Maxxam works with you to design a study that’s specific to your product and process)
  • During challenge testing, we simulate what could happen to a product at any point before it is eaten — we simulate conditions from production, processing and storage, to distribution and consumer handling
  • Inactivation Study, Outgrowth Study, Process Verification

Assure product stability, quality and safety with microbiological challenge and thermal validations from Maxxam

Verification of food products is critical to ensure that consumers are protected and brand reputation is maintained. Maxxam offers the largest scope of accredited food analyses, to qualify food products and manufacturing environments for both the quality and safety of food consumed, backed by quality analytical results, and a ‘customer-first’ approach.