Food Testing Controls

Food processors look to ATCC brands to provide the top-quality microbial strains and proficiency testing programs needed for the maintenance of outstanding quality control assays to ensure food safety and food quality.

Food Testing
In the United States, foodborne illnesses are estimated to affect tens of millions of people and kill thousands every year. Moreover, these outbreaks annually pose a multi-billion dollar economic burden associated with healthcare expense, productivity losses, product recalls and liability, disease surveillance, and outbreak response.

To protect the quality and safety of consumable commodities, the food industry relies on the use of high-quality reference materials when testing products, raw ingredients, and associated equipment for microbial contamination, and accredited proficiency testing programs when monitoring the quality of their analytical results. ATCC is aiding in these efforts by providing an expanding collection of food testing solutions that support:

  • Quality control testing procedures
  • Process validation
  • Development of new methods for testing food products

Through the development of customer-driven products and high-quality reference materials, ATCC is making it easier for food manufacturers, processors, and contract testing laboratories to ensure the safety of consumable goods. Trust ATCC food testing solutions for accuracy, reliability, and the reproducibility needed to maintain outstanding food safety programs!

Please note that per the terms of the ATCC Material Transfer Agreement, ATCC Materials are not intended for use in humans.

Food QC Strains

Minimally passaged microbial strains with confirmed identity, viability, and purity are important in ensuring food safety and food quality. To aid in the identification and prevention of foodborne outbreaks, ATCC provides fully characterized quality control reference strains necessary for the microbiological analysis of consumable products.


Browse the ATCC® Minis collection

Order reporter-labeled strains

View microbial panels for food testing

Search for additional strains

Proficiency Testing Programs

Routine monitoring of quality assurance programs through proficiency testing offers a valuable, independent tool for the assessment of testing procedures, methods employed, laboratory personnel, and the interpretation of results. To help reduce the risks associated with the manufacture of food, animal feed, and beverages, ATCC offers a variety of microbiological and chemical proficiency testing programs. 

Browse our collection of proficiency testing programs

Proficiency Testing Programs Overview

ATCC® Genuine Nucleics

Throughout the years, the use of rapid microbial methods in food testing has steadily grown to meet increased testing needs. To support this research, ATCC provides a growing assortment of microbial nucleic acids. Browse our complete collection of ATCC® Genuine Nucleics, then use the left-hand navigation tool to search for products by species.


Bacterial nucleic acids

Fungal nucleic acids

Protozoan nucleic acids

Viral nucleic acids