Microbiological testing

Microbiological analysis

We carry out a wide range of microbiological tests on

  • foods
  • animal feeding stuffs
  • drinking waters
  • comercial and domestic water including air conditioning systems
  • effluent and waste water
  • consumer products
  • environmental materials.

Contact us using the details below us for a free, no-obligation quote, giving

  • your name
  • your contact details
  • a brief description of your requirements.

Food and animal feeding stuffs

We test foods and animal feeding stuffs to ensure that they are free from pathogenic bacteria and to assess hygiene standards. Tests can be carried out for routine quality control purposes, including shelf life testing, or to check that the product meets legal standards.

Types of materials include

  • milk and dairy products
  • meat products
  • ready to eat foods
  • fish and egg products
  • animal and pet foods.

Drinking water

We carry out tests for routine monitoring purposes, to investigate complaints or to check compliance with legal standards.

Environmental materials

We check a range of environmental materials for the presence of micro-organisms. These include testing

  • air conditioning systems, including cooling towers and shower heads for legionella
  • sewage contamination in recreational water, soil and vegetation.

Examples of tests that can be carried out include

  • coliforms
  • E coli (including 0157)
  • salmonella
  • campylobacter
  • pseudomonas
  • faecal streptococci
  • staphylococci
  • yeasts and moulds
  • listeria
  • legionella


We hold UKAS accreditation for testing (Laboratory No 1005) in accordance with ISO 17025 requirements.

Our scope of accredited activities includes both microbiological and polymerase chain reaction DNA techniques.

We are accredited by UKAS for microbiological testing, including the DWTS standard for water testing, and provide a food examiner service for food and animal feeding stuffs testing.

Edinburgh scientific services

Address: 4 Marine Esplanade,

Telephone: 0131 555 7980

Fax: 0131 555 7987