The Food and Biotechnology Division is under Industrial Research Department. It has three sections namely food processing, microbiology and biotechnology. The food industry in the country is fast growing in terms of investments and product development and therefore needs R & D and analytical services in order to produce quality and safe food The division of Food and Biotechnology at TIRDO deals with R&D related to field and thereby acts as a bridge between the organization and the food industry
The division of Food and Biotechnology was developed purposely for;
The division has food laboratory that was established in 1995 to cater for research and projects at TIRDO. The laboratory also carries food and analytical services. The food analytical services mainly involve chemical, physical and microbiological quality testing of foods of both animal and plant origin that include fish and its products, cereals, legumes, meat and meat products, edible fats and oil, dairy and dairy products, honey, fruits, vegetables just to mention few. Also the laboratory carries out water quality determination. The laboratory clients include individuals, industries, hotels and institutions.
The laboratory was accredited in November 2009 with five microbiology parameters. The accreditation scope is based on the food samples.
The parameters accredited are as follow;
Other non accredited parameters the laboratory is capable of conducting including, detection of Vibrio cholerae, detection and enumeration of enterobacteriaceae, detection and enumeration of fecal coliform. The laboratory is in the process of increasing its scope to water samples on the same parameters and other common parameters found in water samples Currently projects:
Currently the division is performing the following project;
Consultancies the division is offering
The Food and Biotechnology division has been offering number of services to its clients in the sort of consultancy services. The following are the key consultancy services the division is offering;