Microbiological and Shelf Life Testing

Our food microbiology team has both laboratory and industry knowledge, enabling us to understand the industry demands for food testing hygiene and food safety.

The SAL food microbiology laboratory has been designed to accommodate high sample numbers throughout with attention to detail, efficiency and safety. A unique feature of the new facility is the one way sample flow which ensures elimination of the potential for cross contamination during sample processing.

Open 7 days a week and offering a sample collection service , the food microbiology department is geared up to work in ‘real time’ with the food industry.

We have extensive storage capacity at both ambient and chilled conditions to store samples for shelf life work.

The laboratory has extensive ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation in addition to being a TLAS and M&S approved microbiology service provider.


  • Campylobacter
  • Listeria
  • E.coli
  • Salmonella


  • Total Viable Counts (TVC)
  • Coliforms
  • E.coli
  • Pseudomonas
  • Yeasts and Moulds
  • Staphylococcus aureus

Other services include:

  • Environmental Swabs
  • Rapid Salmonella (48hour) by RayAL ELISA
  • Training

We will assist you with the design of your testing programme, sampling protocols and identify key risks by assisting you with the interpretation and trend analysis of the analytical data that has been generated and by factory visits.

To allow effective management of analytical data, SAL has enhanced the LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) to enable clients to access to manage their analytical data on-line. The LIMS system gives clients the flexibility to register samples directly prior to dispatch, thus eliminating any transcription errors.

Clients are able to review data once entered onto the system. Out of specification data is highlighted which attracts immediate attention for ‘cause for concern’ results. The search and trend analysis options enable straightforward management of data and expenditure.

The system is easy to use and is offered to clients irrespective of the numbers of samples tested.

For more information on SAL’s Microbiology testing, please contact your local laboratory or contact us online.