Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a nutrition label?

The U.S. FDA is always updating policies to keep up with the food trends. FQLabs can help decipher some of the regulations. A good place to start is through the U.S. FDA website:

How do I get there?

Please view our "Contact Us" Section for directions to our laboratories.

How do I read my report?

You may download or view a sample report in PDF format. If you still have a question regarding your report, please contact us.

How much sample do you need?

The answer depends on what type of testing is required. FQLabs can provide you with all the proper sample containers.

How will I receive my results?

As soon as your report is processed, FQLabs can either fax or e-mail your report. We will also send the original report with original chain of custody through the mail.

What does "<1" mean?

This result is typically seen for Total Coliform analyses. The symbol "<" means "less than". The result "<1" is read as "Less than one". This is the lowest possible, and best, result for your sample. This result indicates that there was no growth specific to the test for that sample.

What if I'm located outside of Oahu?

FQLabs has several customers on the outer islands and other nations in the South Pacific. We ship and receive sample kits using airline cargo regularly to ensure our customers get results in a timely manner. Please contact us for your specific location and testing requirements for shipping instructions.

What is "CFU", "MF" and "MPN"?

These acronyms are typically found in microbiological analyses. "CFU" is "Colony Forming Unit" and is usually used when counting bacteria on a plate. "MF" and "MPN" indicate what type of method was used to test your sample. "MF" is "membrane filtration", while "MPN" stands for "Most Probable Number" and is usually used when tube fermentation methodology is employed.