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 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)