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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

Benzene in Cosmetics – Where Is It Coming From?

The summer of 2021 has been clouded by negative press about Benzene residues in cosmetic products which have then been followed by product recalls.   What is Benzene? According to the American Cancer Society, although Benzene is among the 20 most widely used chemicals in the United States, benzene is known to cause cancer and the ... Continued

Oxymatrine – since 1st July 2021 classified as pesticide in the EU

Since the beginning of 2019, the scope of the comprehensive pesticide screening by GC-MS/MS, LC-MS/MS (> 600 parameters) at QSI (outsourced within Tentamus Group to bilacon GmbH, lab codes 88500, 88550) also includes matrine and oxymatrine. Both substances are alkaloids that occur naturally in plants of the Sophora family. Sophora is a genus of about ... Continued

Health risk from PFAS in food

PFAS accumulate in the environment and can therefore be found in food and in our food chain. Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of substances with more than 4700 substances. They are carbon chains, i.e. organic compounds, and the hydrogen atoms are either perfluorinated or polyfluorinated. They are thus completely or partially ... Continued

New in-house method for peptides from allergic proteins

Allergens and alimentary intolerances are a worldwide food safety issue with an increasing prevalence and number of allergens identified. This is a troublesome task for both consumers and food manufacturers as they produce an adverse reaction. Food labelling must be clear and reliable to ensure consumer rights and safety recording to Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011. ... Continued

Tentamus facilitates Global Hemp Commerce with consistent, validated testing

Consistent Methods and Regional Regulations open market doors. Tentamus Labs offers robust analysis of hemp and hemp-based products in USA, Europe, Asia and Israel. This global group of experts provides unparalleled knowledge and consult on different market requirements. With the support of Tentamus, clients from around the world can enter different markets for hemp products ... Continued

AOAC-approves Rapid Yeast and Mold testing

Columbia Laboratories offers AOAC approved rapid yeast and mold testing for hemp and cannabis.   The following six tests were granted PTM status in June: Neogen Soleris® Direct Yeast and Mold 3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid Yeast and Mold Count Plate 3M™ Petrifilm™ Yeast and Mold Count Plate bioMerieux s.a. TEMPO Yeast and Mold Nissui Pharmaceutical Company ... Continued

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