Hygiene is one the most critical factors in any food manufacturing operation and forms a fundamental part of your HACCP due diligence.

Swabbing, air quality monitoring and water testing is a quick, cost effective method for monitoring the hygiene of both your premises and staff.


Swabbing monitors the effectiveness of the food factory hygiene program and validates cleaning procedures. It is important to select the correct swab type for the analysis required.

We can provide and test the following sample types:

  • Sponge swabs – pathogen detection swabbing, carcass swabbing
  • Neutralising swabs – post cleaning swabbing of equipment and hands
  • Amies swabs – pre cleaning swabbing of equipment and hands
  • Allergen swabs – specialist allergen detection swabbing
  • Dip slides – microbiological monitoring of liquids *
  • Contact plates – microbiological monitoring of food contact surface *

Air quality monitoring

Microbiological monitoring of air is a key component of environmental monitoring in organisations such as hospitals, food factories, cleanrooms and other controlled environments. Air plates are inexpensive, easy to use and ideal for providing an early warning of problems in environments such as a high risk food factory.

We can provide air plates for air quality monitoring.

Water testing

Testing of water is a critical factor in the ensuring the cleanliness of equipment and quality of final product. We can test the following types:

  • Potable water
  • Process water
  • Rinse/CIP water
  • Borehole water
  • Bottled water *

We also test for Legionella to comply with business health and safety risk assessment requirements.

We can provide water bottles for water analysis.

Our team of scientific experts can provide guidance on environmental testing. Please give us a call to discuss your requirements.


Swab Microbiological Tests

  • Escherichia coli O157 *
  • Listeria spp
  • Salmonella spp
  • Aerobic mesophilic count
  • Bacillus cereus *
  • Coliforms
  • Clostridium perfringens *
  • Enterobacteriaceae
  • Escherichia coli
  • Lactic acid bacteria *
  • Pseudomonas spp
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Yeasts and Moulds

Air Quality Tests

  • Aerobic Colony count
  • Yeasts and Moulds

Water Microbiological Tests

  • Total colony counts at 37°C and 22 °C
  • Coliforms
  • Escherichia coli
  • Enterococci
  • Sulphite-reducing Clostridia

Rinse & Process Water Microbiological Tests

  • Aerobic mesophilic count *
  • Enterobacteriaceae *
  • Yeasts and Moulds *
  • Listeria spp *
  • Salmonella spp *
  • Legionella spp