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 Moulds
  • Pseudomonas 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
  • Private Water Supplies
  • Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Water
  • Swimming Pool and Spa Water
  • Process Water
  • 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.
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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
  • Enterobacteriaceae

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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