Food Quality Center

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The Food Quality Center FQC, is an entity within the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Zahle and the Bekaa.

Established in 2007 with the support of USAID and ACDI/VOCA, it is located in the heart of the Bekaa region to serve the agro-food industry sector in quality assurance and food safety, as well as microbiological , physico-chemical and toxins testing for all areas of agro food industries.

The center is managed under the ISO 9001:2008 and the laboratory got the ISO 17025 accreditation since 2012.

FQC is involved in improving food safety through inspection, testing and capacity building for the stakeholders along the value chain

The laboratory is recognized by the Lebanese Ministries of Agriculture and Economy & Trade for testing agro-food products.

FQC Vision:

FQC’s vision is to be the premium quality assurance, safety and knowledge sharing center in the region.

FQC Mission:

For continual growth and innovation in the agro-food sector, FQC’s mission is to provide high-level technical assistance through our qualified experts and accredited lab services.

FQC Core Values:

Excellent quality of services
Innovation in product development
Confidentiality and credibility
Accuracy and integrity of results
Community development
Consumer safety
Customer satisfaction and reliability

Laboratory Food Testing Services

The food laboratory at FQC provides testing support for all areas of the food and agriculture industries. In response to the growing needs of the food producers in the Bekaa region to offer high-quality and safe products, FQC has expanded its microbiology lab space and services.

The team is implementing ISO 17025 laboratory management to provide internationally approved tests: Food Chemical analysis, Wet chemistry, Rheology, Analysis of food products: jams, pickles, meals ready to eat, frozen or dried items, dips & sauces, dairy products, vegetable oils, Honey & drinking water.

Microbial Tests and toxins:

- Analysis of food for indicator organisms like:

colony count, coliforms, yeasts and molds,E.coli, fecal coliforms bacteria…

- Detection and enumeration of pathogenic bacteria like:

Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillusaureus, Clostridium perfringens, Salmonella species, and Listeria monocytogenes

- Research microbiology (shelf-life evaluation, process validation and trouble shooting)

- All kind of toxins tests

Product Development Services: FQC is your Right Solution

Our problem-solving and food safety experts can help create solutions for your product development needs. Detecting potential problems before they occur is essential to protecting your brand.

To increase efficiency and eliminate risks we offer advanced safety audits and sampling programs alongside assistance in HACCP planning.

Our consultancy services include:
• Product development: design formulation, sensory evaluation
• Process and packaging systems: freezing, drying, processing, Modified Atmosphere Packaging
• Nutritional facts calculation
• Workshops and trainings on targeted subjects
• Pilot plant production, test kitchen trials

Are You an Organic Producer?

Are you struggling to make use of your excess fresh organic crops?!

Creative ideas are available at our center such as drying fruits and vegetables, making jam and trying new recipes. Contact us and we will develop and produce unique organically certified products with you.

Working days/hours: Monday till Friday from 8:30 AM till 3:30 PM

Phone: 00961 8 931 120
Fax: 00961 8 931520

Laboratory Responsible:

Ayda FARAH - (Ext. 111)

Quality & Product Development Responsible:

Gloria Hanna Jabbour (Ext. 104)