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Food microbiology

NationWide Laboratories is an ISO 17025 UKAS accredited diagnostic laboratory which has offered Microbiological Testing since 1996. Microbiological contamination is a serious safety issue in many industries, as it can lead to a wide range of diseases causing potential safety issues. Legislation makes it a requirement for all food businesses to guarantee continued safety of their food products through the supply chain, making it vital that high quality testing is part of that process. At NationWide Laboratories we offer microbiological food testing to detect food borne pathogens and spoilage organisms as well as a wide range of microbiological services including environmental, water, pool hydrotherapy and equipment hygiene testing. The close nature of our relationship with our clients means that we can create personalised test packages based on your requirements and our skilled team of microbiologists will work to provide reliable accurate results, helping you to ensure consumer safety.

Sample Types

We currently test a variety of food samples including ice cream, juices and flavours, meat, mushrooms, milk, biscuits, fresh produce including cress and beansprouts, smoked salmon, crabs, whelks, cheese and swabs.

Our range of test methods comply with industry standards and are designed to meet your requirements.

 
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Food

Detection of:

Listeria spp including species identification

Salmonella spp

Enumeration of:

Bacillus cereus (presumptive)

Coliforms (presumptive)

Clostridium perfringens and sulphite reducing bacteria

Enterobacteriaceae (presumptive)

Enterococci

Escherichia coli (beta glucuronidase positive)

Listeria spp including species identification

Total Aerobic Colony Count at 30⁰C

Yeasts and Moulds

Pseudomonas species (presumptive)

Staphylococcus aureus

Lactic Acid Bacteria

Escherichia coli 0157

 
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Environmental Swabs

Detection of:

Listeria spp including species identification

Salmonella spp

Enumeration of:

Bacillus cereus (presumptive)

Coliforms (presumptive)

Enterobacteriaceae (presumptive)

Enterococci

Escherichia coli (beta glucuronidase positive)

Listeria spp including species identification

Staphylococcus aureus

Total Aerobic Colony Count at 30⁰C

Yeasts and Moulds

Pseudomonas species (presumptive)

 
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Potable Water

Enumeration of:

Coliforms (total)

Escherichia coli

Presumptive Enterococci

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Total Aerobic Colony Count at 22⁰C and 37⁰C

Sulphite reducing clostridia and Clostridium perfringens (sporulated)

 
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Additional Tests and Services

Campylobacter

Vibrio parahaemolyticus

Legionella

Phosphatase

Water activity

pH foods

Salt over aqueous

Oil/Fat

Nutritional analysis

Various allergen testing

Pool hydrotherapy: Total viable count, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Coliforms

Equipment and facilities hygiene: including Enterobacteriaceae, Coliforms and Total viable count

Hand swabs: monitoring for Staphylococcus aureus and Enterobacteriaceae

 

Directory of Micro-organisms

 

Working with us

At NationWide Laboratories we pride ourselves in the quality of our service. A team of experienced food microbiology scientists are working with you and your samples to provide a tailored report to suit your needs. We know and value each of our customers.

We will create a personalised test package for you based on your individual requirements.If you have any queries you are guaranteed to speak to our advisor, who will handle your enquiry in a personal, professional and efficient manner. We are committed to delivering excellence and will add value to your business.

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