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Southern Microbiological Services has been providing a comprehensive testing service for the food, drink and related industries since 1987. We offer microbiological and chemical testing, tailored research and on-site troubleshooting and training.

  • UKAS accredited to ISO 17025 
  • RSA approved laboratory
  • Testing 365 days a year
  • Out of hours support
  • Dedicated client managers
  • Personalised booking in system
  • High quality, prompt and tailored reporting

Microbiology Testing

Our retail and manufacturing clients have diverse requirements, so our philosophy is to provide you with your own personalised laboratory service, tailored to your specific needs.
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Chemistry Analysis

SMS works in partnership with other accredited Tentamus Group laboratories, to provide a full range of chemistry tests. Quality, reliability and personal attention, allow us to truly be a one-stop-shop for your food and environmental testing needs.
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Cosmetic Testing

Southern Microbiological Services can now offer Cosmetic testing including; Challenge Testing, Routine Analysis and Detection Analysis.
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Bespoke Testing & Product Development

SMS don’t simply sell a range of tests; we aim to understand and contribute to your business. Whether you are a small local business, or a multi-national, operating out of multiple sites, we can offer tailored trouble shooting and consultancy services to suit your requirements.
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Southern Microbiological Services – a Tentamus company

Southern Microbiological Services has been providing a comprehensive testing service for the food, drink and related industries since 1987. We offer microbiological and chemical testing, tailored research and on-site troubleshooting and training. We are a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1922. For full details of accredited microbiological tests offered, please see our UKAS schedule. Our laboratory is also RSA approved.

Latest News

In which foods are furan and its methyl analogs present?

In a recent recommendation, the European Commission calls for the determination of furan and methylfurans. These are process contaminants that form in food during thermal treatment. Consumers ingest furan particularly through coffee and cereal-based foods, but young children are also exposed to furan through jarred or canned ready-to-eat foods. According to the European Food Safety ... Continued

Laboratorio Control expands ENAC scope in food and animal feed

Laboratorio Control continues with its work plan focused on offering a wide range of analytical services under ENAC accreditation.   On this occasion, Laboratorio Control expands the ENAC scope in food and feed with the accreditation of mould and yeast count by culture according to ISO 21527-1 and 21527-2. Moulds and yeasts are one of ... Continued

Adalimumab - blockbuster & never ending story

Resolved patent disputes With Abbvie and Alvotech having solved their patent disputes, market entry for new biosimilars for adalimumab applicable for various indications might speed up. The patent protection of the originator product  Humira ® has expired in the EU in 2017, though due to complex patent claim development and market launch of non-component material ... Continued

Shock for manufacturer of substance-based medical devices

Long awaited, widely feared and stunningly received: The newly published MDCG document 2022-05 poses already suspected and yet very considerable challenges to medical device manufacturers of substance-based medical devices. While the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) 2017 still supported and thus legitimised this type of medical device with the official designation of “substances and combinations of ... Continued

Available NOW: Metals speciation for Inorganic Arsenic

There are two different forms of arsenic: organic and inorganic- and Columbia Labs tests for both. Inorganic arsenic is highly toxic and is therefore a public health concern; the organic form (commonly found in fish and seafood) is less harmful. The main source of exposure to inorganic arsenic is food; particularly grain-based processed products such ... Continued

Updated Analysis: Allergen Testing: More Savings, More flexibility

Allergen testing at Columbia Labs just got more affordable. Columbia Laboratories now offers allergen testing as either qualitative or quantitative, to cut costs and encourage routine monitoring. Allergens infiltrate the food supply at several control points, so routine testing of products AND their environment is KEY to keeping them out of your product line. Allergens ... Continued

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