Microbiology

One Scien­tific Ltd is a UKAS accred­ited testing labo­ra­tory No. 2048 offering a wide range of micro­bi­o­log­ical testing of all food types including food, drink and dairy from our accred­ited and RSA (M&S & Tesco) approved laboratory.

We offer a range of micro­bi­o­log­ical water tests in all water types including process, potable, bore­hole and BSRIA to support the water treat­ment industry.

We can offer a bespoke service to suit our clients, provide expert consul­tancy and advise on safety, quality & legisla­tive aspects of food manufacturing.

Food Testing

Food safety and the preven­tion of micro­bi­o­log­ical cont­a­m­i­na­tion is a priority and a legisla­tive require­ment at all stages of food manu­fac­turing and supply chain.

Pathogen Testing

  • Salmo­nella spp
  • Listeria mono­cy­to­genes
  • Listeria spp
  • E.coli O157
  • Campy­lobacter spp
  • Vibrio spp

Rapid Testing (VIDAS)

  • Salmo­nella spp
  • Listeria mono­cy­to­genes
  • Listeria spp

Enumer­a­tion Testing

  • Clostridium perfrin­gens
  • Coliforms
  • Escherichia coli
  • Enter­obac­te­ri­aceae
  • Pseudomonas spp
  • Ente­ro­cocci
  • Bacillus cereus
  • Staphy­lo­coccus aureus
  • Aerobic plate count
  • Lactic acid bacteria
  • Yeast and Mould­sPseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Aceto­bacter
  • Bacillus spp

Water Testing

Whether you are using water from a bore­hole, potable water as a raw mate­rial, or are a manu­fac­turer, water quality is essen­tial for the envi­ron­ment and public safety.

We can test the following water types:

  • Potable Water
  • Raw Water
  • Private Water Supplies
  • Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Water
  • Swim­ming Pool and Spa Water
  • Process Water
  • Waste­water
  • Closed Water Systems/​Tanks
  • RO (Reverse Osmosis) Water

For the following micro­bi­o­log­ical tests:

  • Legionella spp.
  • Total Viable Counts (TVC)
  • Escherichia coli
  • Coliforms
  • Ente­ro­cocci
  • Sulphite reducing Clostridia
  • Pseudomonas aerug­i­nosa
  • Pseudomonas spp.
  • Nitrate Reducing Bacteria
  • Nitrite Oxidising Bacteria
  • Sulphate Reducing Bacteria
  • Staphy­lo­coccus spp.
  • Bacillus spp.
  • Shigella
  • Flavobac­terium
  • Mould

If required, results of Legionella testing can be reported 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Your results are avail­able in real time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via our secure web-based labPortal system.

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

Swab Testing

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

Swab­bing 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.

We can test for the following micro­bi­o­log­ical organisms:

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

Air quality testing

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 and gener­ally test for the following micro­bi­o­log­ical organisms:

  • Aerobic Colony count
  • Yeasts and Moulds

Non-routine testing

In addi­tion to routine micro­bi­o­log­ical testing, we can offer the following:

  • Chal­lenge testing

    to simu­late what could happen to a product following inoc­u­la­tion with rele­vant micro-organism(s) and storage under the repre­sen­ta­tive conditions.

  • Real time and accel­er­ated shelf-life evaluations

    shelf-life deter­mi­na­tion is essen­tial when devel­oping new food prod­ucts. When time constraints are limited some form of shelf-life predic­tion is useful. One Scien­tific performs real time’ and accel­er­ated’ shelf-life testing; the latter is a useful predic­tive tool for both NPD and troubleshooting.

  • Alleged food poisoning

    when a consumer claims an alleged illness after consuming food it is impor­tant to everyone involved to find out whether their complaint is justi­fied. One Scien­tific can offer specialist advice and testing should this situ­a­tion occur.

  • On-site trou­bleshooting and consultancy

    our specialist team of scien­tific special­ists and consul­tants are able to help with queries over the phone and onsite.

  • In-labo­ra­tory basic micro­bi­o­log­ical training

    training for food QA staff in the prin­ci­ples of micro­bi­ology, testing of their prod­ucts, time frames and inter­pre­ta­tion of their results.

  • Tailored research

    we can offer a bespoke service tailored to suit your food busi­ness requirements.

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

One Scien­tific offer a wide range of food and water chem­istry testing at compet­i­tive prices, with rapid turn­around. In addi­tion to food nutri­tional testing, we can offer water treat­ment chem­ical analysis and provide specialist chem­istry testing to meet your requirements.

Our team of experts will ensure you adhere to current regulations.

Nutri­tional

One Scien­tific Ltd offer a wide range of chem­ical analysis including nutri­tional labelling.

Our priority is to ensure that our customer’s meet all their food manu­fac­turing legisla­tive requirements.

Using modern analyt­ical equip­ment, One Scien­tific provides customers with a cost-effec­tive quality service for nutri­tional analysis, including:

  • Energy
  • Nitrogen
  • Protein
  • Total fat
  • Fatty acid profile
  • Total dietary fibre
  • Avail­able carbohydrate
  • Total sugars
  • Sodium
  • Salt
  • Meat content
Our team of scien­tific experts can provide guid­ance on chem­ical analysis. Please give us a call to discuss your requirements.

Food Chem­istry

Our priority is to ensure that our customer’s meet all their food manu­fac­turing legisla­tive requirements.

Using modern analyt­ical equip­ment, One Scien­tific provides customers with a cost-effec­tive quality service for chem­ical analysis, including:

  • Acidity (pH)
  • Water activity
  • Peroxide value & free fatty acids
  • Vitamin and minerals
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • Pesti­cide and residue testing
  • Salt in aqueous
Our team of scien­tific experts can provide guid­ance on chem­ical analysis. Please give us a call to discuss your requirements.

Water Chem­istry

One Scien­tific Ltd. offer a wide range of inor­ganic and organic chem­ical analysis from our modern laboratory.

Our priority is to ensure that our customer’s meet all legisla­tive require­ments asso­ci­ated with water quality. Using modern analytic equip­ment One Scien­tific can provide customers with a cost-effec­tive quality service for chem­istry water testing.

This analysis includes:

  • Conduc­tivity
  • Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)
  • pH
  • Hard­ness
  • Alka­linity
  • Nitrate
  • Sodium
  • Heavy Metals
  • Suspended Solids
  • Turbidity
  • Oxygen Absorbed (OA)

Molecular Testing

One Scien­tific Ltd is a UKAS accred­ited testing labo­ra­tory No. 2048 offering a range of accred­ited allergen, authen­ticity and virus testing, using ELISA & PCR tech­niques for finished product samples, raw ingre­di­ents, and swab samples.

Our highly expe­ri­enced staff and exten­sive range of mole­c­ular tests provides our customers with cost-effec­tive quality assurance.

Aller­gens

Food allergen testing is essen­tial in ensuring your regu­la­tory compli­ance and protecting consumers. We offer compre­hen­sive allergen testing to detect aller­genic ingre­di­ents and allergen cross-cont­a­m­i­na­tion that can occur during the food supply chain.

We can offer the following testing:

Aller­gens by ELISA:

  • Almond
  • Beta-lactoglob­ulin
  • Casein
  • Crus­tacea
  • Egg
  • Gluten
  • Hist­a­mine
  • Mustard
  • Peanut
  • Sesame
  • Soya

Aller­gens by PCR:

  • Almond
  • Celery
  • Fish
  • Molluscs
  • Peanut

Authen­ticity and Animal Speciation

Animal species iden­ti­fi­ca­tion in food has increas­ingly acquired impor­tance due to public health, economic and legal concerns. Reli­gious and ethical criteria can be at risk in the case of food adul­ter­ation. For vege­tarian or vegan food, the pres­ence of traces of animal prod­ucts needs to be ruled out.

We can offer the following testing:

Meat speci­a­tion by PCR:

  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Poultry
  • Horse
  • Sheep
  • Goat
  • Turkey

We can also offer accred­ited Animal DNA testing to check the vegan status of food prod­ucts and ingre­di­ents providing highly sensi­tive detec­tion of any animal species.

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

Norovirus and Hepatitis A in Food

Detecting food­borne viruses at an early stage and keeping an effec­tive surveil­lance program is crit­ical for food and envi­ron­mental safety. One Scien­tific are proud to be seeking UKAS accred­i­ta­tion for the detec­tion of food­borne viruses including human noroviruses and Hepatitis A in food.

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

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Laboratory Supplies

One Scien­tific can manu­fac­ture a range of quality controlled prepared media prod­ucts and can supply a range of labo­ra­tory equip­ment and consum­ables at very compet­i­tive prices, including the below:

Ready prepared media

  • Pre-poured plates
  • Pre-prepared broths
  • Contact plates
  • Dip slides
  • Bespoke media

Labo­ra­tory supplies

  • Water bottles
  • Swabs
  • Petri dishes
  • Powdered media and supplements
  • Labo­ra­tory equipment
  • Hygiene wipes
  • Food bags and containers
Please give us a call to discuss your requirements.