Food Testing and Food Safety

Food Testing and Analysis has been one of the core competencies at CLS since its initial establishment. CLS’s dedicated team of highly qualified, experienced analysts provide the industry with qualitative and quantitative analysis. With our expertise gathered over 25 years, we can offer technical support as well as remedial advice to our clients.

Microbiology Food Testing and Analysis

  • Pathogen Detection
    (Listeria, Clostridium perfringens, Staph aureus, Enterobacteriaceae, Campylobacter spp, Salmonella)
  • Food Spoilage bacteria enumeration
    (TVC’s, Yeasts and moulds, Lactic acid bacteria, Pseudomonas)
  • Shelf life testing
  • Salmonella Control Programme
  • Food Safety Programme
  • Foreign Body Identification
  • Food Poisoning Investigation Suite.
  • Improvement and investigative site visits

Chemical Food Testing and Analysis

  • Salt Analysis
  • Nitrates and Nitrites

Food Safety Programme

This was developed under copyright by CLS in direct response to support our clients in the food services area in meeting the microbiological criteria such as FSAI Guidance note 3 and Commission Regulation No. 2073/2005.

The above programme and its criteria can then be used to validate and verify HACCP, food safety management system including operators cleaning effectiveness.

CLS’s Food Safety Programme is performed in over 700 customer sites every year making CLS the number one leader in the ready to eat sector. We are ISO: 9001:2015 approved for sampling.  Microbiology analysis is carried out in CLS’s ISO17025 accredited testing laboratory INAB Reg. No. 108T and the results are reported directly back to the client with online results available as they are validated and full certs of analysis provided by e mail.

Our customers include deli counters, retail, serve overs, commercial and company canteens, fast food outlets and forecourts.

A typical Food Safety Programme includes:

  • Food Product Samples
  • Water Samples
  • Ice Samples
  • Personnel Hand Swabs
  • Surface Hygiene Swabs

Factory / Production Hygiene

CLS offers a full range of testing and support to create a baseline of hygiene standards in food production plants. This will be customised per each client and includes surfaces, raw material, water, ice, air, personnel hygiene and cleaning effectiveness.

Detergent effiacacy Testing

CLS does challenge testing to assess the effectiveness of sanitisers supplied and in use and issues a certificate of performance.

Water Microbiology

CLS has an extensive range of testing and sampling of waters including all qualitative and quantitative analysis including:

  • TVC’s
  • Coliforms
  • E coli
  • Enterococci
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Legionella

Full chemical analysis is available through our CLS Environmental department.


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