Meat Microbiology Laboratory

Université Laval, Québec, Québec
What the facility does

Research on controlling and preventing food-borne diseases

Areas of expertise

Our multifunctional laboratory can be used for projects focusing on food-borne diseases related to meat products or any other foods. This controlled-temperature, agri-food processing lab is fitted out with cleaning and processing equipment that allows researchers to work in conditions identical to those of the agri-food industry. It is located next to a cutting-edge microbiological analysis laboratory. The entire space is under level 2 biocontainment, which allows research projects with pathogenic microorganisms. A large level 1 pilot plant is also available nearby for preparing inputs.

Research services

Process validation, shelf-life validation, identification and use of new antimicrobial agents

Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Education
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Manufacturing and processing
Specialized labEquipmentFunction
Processing unit and equipment roomHEPA-filtered, controlled-temperature roomProcessing room equipped with an in situ system for cleaning and disinfecting the premises and equipment
 Smokehouse400-pound capacity
 Mixer100-pound capacity
 Filling machine25-litre capacity
Microbiological analysis labBiosafety cabinets (3)Sterile procedures
 Floor centrifuge6-litre capacity
 Image analysis microscope 
 Xenon Corp. UV pulsed light deviceCold decontamination treatment of surfaces and foods
 OzonatorDisinfection of heat-sensitive equipment and parts