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Who Are we?

Northern Hygiene Laboratories Ltd was created in 1990 to undertake the food testing work that had previously been undertaken by one of the UK’s leading poultry veterinary practices. Since then the company has evolved into one of the leading independently owned UKAS accredited food testing laboratories in the country.

This has been achieved by understanding your requirements and then satisfying them by using the appropriate tests and undertaking these to the highest level of technical competence. There are many food testing laboratories in the UK, but Northern Hygiene Laboratories Ltd is one of the few to fully appreciate that there are two dimensions to the service you require – the technical and the personal.

However, in these demanding times when your business is under ever increasing pressures from customers, consumers, legislators (both UK and European) and enforcers, Northern Hygiene Laboratories Ltd is able to bring you something else!

Our senior team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the laboratory environment that is available for you and your colleagues to draw upon. All of this has been permanently incorporated into our corporate philosophy of ‘personal but professional’.

Our Testing Services

Microbiology

We test of foods for bacteria across a wide range of products and liquids. These include finished products, ingredients and work in progress.

Shelf-Life

Predict the microbiological status of a product throughout, and at the end of, its shelf-life, the time when it is in the hands of the customer

Water Testing

Total counts are undertaken at incubation temperatures of 22 and 37°C to encompass the full range of bacteria likely to be present.

Hygiene Testing

Several options are available but swab testing has stood the test of time and is the preferred option of many in the food industry.

Statutory Testing

Northern Hygiene Laboratories Ltd is approved by DEFRA for statutory microbiological testing of samples as required under legislation

Stool Testing

Some high care food companies want to be sure that their staff are not carrying enteric foodborne pathogens.

Whatever your food testing needs you will find us to be 'Personal but Professional'

Our Accreditations

Defra Approved

Northern Hygiene Laboratories Ltd is approved by Defra for statutory microbiological testing of samples as required under legislation such as The Animal By-Products Regulations (2011), The Control of Salmonella in Poultry Order (2007) and The Control of Salmonella in Broiler Flocks Order (2009) as well as under the requirements of The Poultry Health Scheme.

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UKAS Accredited

Northern Hygiene Laboratories Ltd is accredited by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to ISO 17025 for the testing of food swabs, primary production and waters

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Tesco*

Northern Hygiene Laboratories Ltd is approved by the Tesco laboratory approval scheme (TLA Scheme) which is an initiative developed by Tesco to ensure that its products are tested using the most appropriate, sensitive and up-to-date methods. Approval is renewed annually by Campden BRI Limited.

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M&S*

Northern Hygiene Laboratories is approved for microbiology testing of products manufactured for M&S. The Marks and Spencer Independent Supplementary Audit is a scheme to ensure that its products are tested using the most suitable and up-to-date methods. Approval is renewed annually.

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* Soon to be replaced by the Retailer Supplementary Audit (RSA) Scheme