Rapid Micro Testing

Rapid Microbiology
testing delivers
high quality
results fast

Rapid Micro Testing

Rapid microbiology methods are changing the testing options and time frames for food producers. Instead of a turnaround time of 5 - 7 days, accurate results can be ready in 1 - 2 days. 

Fast turnaround times can mean getting products to market faster. Or allow you to take action quickly if a positive result is confirmed. 

We test for pathogens such as :

  • Salmonella
  • Listeria
  • Cronobacter
  • Enterobacteriaceae
  • Bacilius cereus and other bugs

We are an accredited ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory(external link) . This means we are verified by an international organisation to deliver high quality valid testing services. 

All rapid testing methods used are approved under MPI Recognised Laboratory Programme(external link) for export testing.

Which test method is right for you?


We use two key methods for RAPID 1 DAY depending on the bug we are testing for. PCR with dual detection using FRET technology and melt analysis provides improved specificity and delivers a market leading false-positive rate. Chromogenic Agar is also used when testing for specific bugs. These technologies are suitable for both product and environmental testing. You should consider using these methods when:

  • you require extremely urgent results
  • there is absolutely no room for error or a false-positive result


This method uses ELISA technology and is suitable for both product and environmental testing. The main benefits of this method are cost effectiveness and accuracy. You should consider using this method when:

  • you have a large number of samples
  • time isn’t as critical so you can wait 48 hours 
RAPID Confirmation

Mass Spec MALDI-TOF technology provides fast identification of all key microorganisms, including Listeria, Salmonella and Cronobacter. This test provides the fastest confirmation if you have received a positive screen test result. You should consider using this method when:

  • you receive a positive screen result and want urgent confirmation
  • you require urgent identification to decide the right course of action

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