Microbiological Testing

Microbiological Testing

Ensuring food is safe from microbiological contamination is a priority and a legislative requirement at all stages of the food chain. Through our network of accredited laboratories, highly experienced staff and extensive range of microbiological tests, ALS Food and Pharmaceutical provides customers with cost-effective quality assurance from ‘farm to fork’.

Microbiological tests include:

  • Pathogens
    • Salmonella
    • Listeria
    • E.coli 0157
    • Campylobacter
    • Shigella
    • Vibrio
  • Typical enumerations
    • Cl. perfringens
    • Coliforms
    • E.coli
    • Enterobacteriaceae
    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    • Staphylococcus aureus
    • Total Viable Count (TVC)
    • Yeast and Moulds

In addition to routine microbiological analysis of food samples, we also offer the following services:

  • Shelf-life evaluation with standard storage conditions (refrigerated or ambient) or bespoke trials to mimic consumer use with package opening and storage temperature changes as required.
  • Environmental monitoring – using swab samples, contact plates or settle plates.
  • Hand swabs – monitoring for Staphylococcus aureus and E.coli
  • Water testing

Sample Types include:

  • Ready to eat foods
  • Raw meat and fish
  • Vegetables and salads
  • Environmental Swabs
  • Bottled Water and Soft Drinks
  • Shelf Life Analysis

We have a range of test methods available to meet your requirements (traditional or rapid) and to comply with specific retailer standards (our laboratories are approved by Tesco and Marks & Spencer)