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.