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Feed and food official laboratories

Details of feed and food official laboratories (OLs) in the UK and Northern Ireland (NI) that are designated to undertake sample analysis work.

Last updated: 25 November 2021
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In the UK, official feed and food laboratories are Public and Agricultural Analysts and Food Examiners (microbiology laboratories) that undertake work for local authorities for enforcement purposes. Other designated laboratories undertake official controls in specified areas for monitoring purposes.

All official laboratories must employ suitably qualified staff. Laboratories undertaking enforcement work for local authorities must have a Public or Agricultural Analyst (formally appointed by a local authority) or a qualified Food Examiner.

We are responsible for designating the majority of official laboratories in the UK according to the National Control Plan, as required by Official Feed and Food Control Regulations 2017/625. We do not own or operate any of these laboratories.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, EU law continues to apply post EU exit in respect of the majority of food and feed hygiene law, as listed in the  Northern Ireland Protocol. This includes Regulation 2017/625 for Official Feed and Food Controls which specifies the requirements for the designation of EU Food and Feed Official Laboratories (OLs).

OLs which NI Competent Authorities use for the analysis of official control food and feed samples must be located in NI or within an EU Member State (MS) or third country that is a Contracting Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area(EEA).  

The Public Analysts and Food Examiners designated for NI are appointed under national law, The Food Safety (Northern Ireland) Order 1991, therefore there is no change required regarding these designations.

England, Northern Ireland and Wales

Any questions should be directed to the laboratory itself.

Official Laboratories for GB (enforcement)

Key of analyst types:

  • Agricultural Analyst - AA
  • Public Analyst – PA
  • Food Examiner - FE

Aberdeen Scientific Services Laboratory (AA PA FE)
Aberdeen City Council
Old Aberdeen House
Dunbar Street, Aberdeen 
Scotland AB24 3UJ
tel: 01224 491648
email: ASSL@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Edinburgh Scientific Services (AA PA FE)
City of Edinburgh Council
4 Marine Esplanade
Edinburgh 
Scotland EH6 7LU
tel: 0131 555 7980
email: scientific.services@edinburgh.gov.uk

Glasgow Scientific Services (AA PA FE)
Glasgow City Council
Colston Laboratory
64 Everard Drive, Glasgow 
Scotland G21 1XG
tel: 0141 276 0610
email: GSS@glasgow.gov.uk

Hampshire Scientific Services (AA PA FE)
Hyde Park Road
Southsea, Hampshire 
England PO5 4LL
tel: 023 9282 9501
email: hss@hants.gov.uk

Kent Scientific Services (AA PA)
8 Abbey Wood Road, Kings Hill
West Malling, Kent 
England ME19 6YT
tel: 03000 415100
email: kss@kent.gov.uk

Lancashire County Scientific Services (AA PA FE)
Pedders Way
Preston Riversway Docklands
Preston 
England PR2 2TX
tel: 01772 721660
email: scientificservices@lancashire.gov.uk

Minton, Treharne & Davies Ltd (AA PA)
Forest Farm Industrial Estate
Longwood Drive
Whitchurch
Cardiff
CF14 7HY
tel: +44 (0)2920 540 000
email: enquiries@minton.group

Public Analyst Scientific Services Ltd (PASS) (AA PA FE)
i54 Business Park
Valiant Way, Wolverhampton,
England WV9 5GB
tel: 01902 627241
email: info@publicanalystservices.co.uk

Tayside Scientific Services (AA PA FE)
Dundee City Council
James Lindsay Place, Dundee Technopole
Dundee 
Scotland DD1 5JJ
tel: 01382 307170
mail: scientific.services@dundeecity.gov.uk

UK Health Service Agency (UKHSA)

Food Water and Environmental Laboratories (FWE)

FWEM Network London Laboratory (FE)
61 Colindale Avenue, London 
England NW9 5EQ
tel: 0208 327 6550/6548/6551
email: FWEM@phe.gov.uk

FWEM Laboratory, Porton (FE)
Salisbury
Wiltshire 
England SP4 0JG
tel: 01980 616766
email: FWEPorton@phe.gov.uk

FWEM Laboratory, York (FE)
The Food and Environmental Research Agency (Fera Science)
Sand Hutton, York 
England YO41 1LZ
tel: 01904 468948
email: YorkFWELab@phe.gov.uk

Public Health Wales (PHW)

Microbiology Bangor (FE)
Ysbyty Gwynedd, 
Bangor, Gwynedd 
Wales LL57 2PW
tel: 01248 384718

Microbiology Cardiff (FE)
Llandough Hospital
Penlan Road, Penarth 
Wales CF64 2XX
tel: 029 20716745

Microbiology Carmarthenshire (FE)
Glangwili General Hospital
Carmarthen 
Wales SA31 2AF
tel: 01267 237271

Official Laboratories for Northern Ireland (enforcement)

Eastern Region Public Analyst’s Laboratory
Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital,
Lower Grand Canal Street,
Dublin 2 D02 P667,
Ireland
tel: +353 1 661 2022
email: info.dpal@hse.ie

Eurofins Analytics (Nantes)
9 rue Bobierre
44323 Nantes,
France
tel: +33 2 51 83 21 00
email: AnalyticsFrance@eurofins.com

Eurofins Analytik GmbH
Neuländer Kamp 1 
21079 Hamburg
Germany
tel: +49 40 49 294 1770
email: analytik@eurofins.de

Eurofins Coeur De France
Zone de l'étoile
Boulevard de Nomazy
03000 Moulins
France
tel: +33 4 70 47 71 00
email: ecdf@eurofins.com

Eurofins Food Testing Ireland Ltd (PA AA)
A) Unit D13, North City Business Park,
North Road, Finglas, Co. Dublin 11, Ireland
tel:  01902 627200
email: Info@publicanalystservices.co.uk

B) Glanmire Industrial Estate,
Glanmire, Co.
Cork, Ireland
tel:  01902 627200
email: Info@publicanalystservices.co.uk

Eurofins GeneScan GmbH,
Engesserstrasse 4
79108 Freiburg
Germany
tel: +49 761 50 38 10 0
email: GeneScan@eurofins.de

Eurofins WEJ Contaminants GmbH
Neuländer Kamp 1
21079 Hamburg
Germany
tel: +49 40 49 29 42222
email: wej-contaminants@eurofins.de

Northern Ireland Public Health Laboratory (FE)
Belfast City Hospital, 
Lisburn Road Belfast 
Northern Ireland BT9 7AD 
tel: 028 9504 1243
email: DL-BLL-NIPHL@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Public Analyst’s Laboratory
St. Finbarrs Hospital,
Douglas Road,
Cork T12XH60,
Ireland
tel: +353 021 4923245
email: Michael.oriordan@hse.ie

Other official laboratories (monitoring)

Other official laboratories for specific areas of work as defined in the UK National Control Plan.

Shellfish

Laboratories testing for marine biotoxins in live bivalve molluscs

England and Wales

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)
Weymouth laboratory
Barrack Rd
Weymouth
Dorset  DT4 8UB 
tel: 01305 206600

(This also applies to Scotland)

Northern Ireland

Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute (AFBI)
Stormont, Stoney Road
Belfast  BT4 3SD
tel: 028 90 525785
email: info@afbini.gov.uk

Laboratories testing for plankton in shellfish production and relaying areas

England and Wales

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)
Pakefield Rd
Lowestoft
Suffolk  NR33 0HT
tel: 01502 562244

Northern Ireland

Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute (AFBI)
Newforge Lane
Belfast  BT9 5PX
tel: 028 90255636
SCOTLAND

SAMS (The Scottish Association of Marine Science)
SAMS Research Services Ltd
Scottish Marine Institute, Oban
Argyll PA37 1QA
tel: 01631 559000 

Laboratories monitoring chemical contaminants in shellfish

England and Wales

Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)
Sand Hutton
York  YO41 1LZ
tel: 0300 100 0321

(This also applies to Scotland)

Northern Ireland

Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute (AFBI)
Newforge Lane
Belfast  BT9 5PX
tel: 028 90255636

Laboratories monitoring Escherichia coli in shellfish

England

FWEM Network London Laboratory
61 Colindale Avenue, London 
England NW9 5EQ
tel: 0208 327 65500/49
email: FWEM@phe.gov.uk

FWEM Laboratory, Porton
Salisbury
Wiltshire 
England SP4 0JG
tel: 01980 616766
email: FWEPorton@phe.gov.uk

FWEM Laboratory, York
The Food and Environmental Research Agency (Fera Science)
Sand Hutton, York 
England YO41 1LZ
tel: 01904 468948
email: YorkFWELab@phe.gov.uk

Wales

Microbiology Bangor
Ysbyty Gwynedd, 
Bangor, Gwynedd 
Wales LL57 2PW
tel: 01248 384718

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Public Health Laboratory 
Belfast City Hospital, 
Lisburn Road Belfast 
Northern Ireland BT9 7AD 
tel: 028 9504 1243
email: DL-BLL-NIPHL@belfasttrust.hscni.net

SCOTLAND

Cefas Weymouth Laboratory (mainland and Western Isles)
SSQC  (Shetland Seafood Quality Control) (Shetland and Orkney only)
Port Arthur, Scalloway
Shetland  ZE1 0UN
tel: 01595 772441

This laboratory may also undertake testing of samples of shellfish at our request for Salmonella spp. (excluding Salmonella Typhi) and Vibrio spp. (restricted to Vibrio parahaemolyticus).

Raw cows' drinking milk

England and Wales

FWEM Laboratory, Porton (FE)
Salisbury
Wiltshire 
England SP4 0JG
tel: 01980 616766
email: FWEPorton@phe.gov.uk

FWEM Laboratory, York (FE)
The Food and Environmental Research Agency (Fera Science)
Sand Hutton, York 
England YO41 1LZ
tel: 01904 468948
email: YorkFWELab@phe.gov.uk

Laboratories monitoring Trichinella parasites in farmed animals

England and Wales

Biobest Laboratories Ltd.
6 Charles Darwin Rise
The Edinburgh Technopole
Milton Bridge
Nr. Penicuik
H26 OPY
tel: 0131 4402628

This also applies to Scotland

Laboratories monitoring Trichinella parasites in wild boar

England and Wales

Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
Sand Hutton 
York 
YO41 1LZ
tel: 01904 462000 

Laboratories monitoring Trichinella parasites in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute (AFBI)
Stormont, Stoney Road
Belfast  BT4 3SD
tel: 028 90 525785
email: info@afbini.gov.uk

Other specified laboratories testing Trichinella parasites

Trichinella official laboratories are designated by FSA and operate for the sole purpose of trichinella testing in meat using permitted official testing methods, under a derogation from mandatory  accreditation requirements in Retained Official Control Regulations (OCR) 2017/625 (Article 40). These laboratories are under the  supervision of the UK National Reference Laboratory for Parasites (Trichinella and Echinococcus), designated by the FSA and Food Standards Scotland (FSS). Trichinella official laboratories in NI will also be under the supervision of the NI National Reference Laboratory for Parasites (Trichinella, Echinoccus and Anisakis), when designated by the FSA, to cover NI interests (under requirements in the Northern Ireland Protocol).

England

Cheale Meats 
Orchard Farm
Little Warley Hall Lane 
Little Warley, Brentwood 
CM13 3EN
 

C&K Meats 
Mid Suffolk Business Park 
Pot Ash Lane, Eye
Suffolk
IP23 7HE
 

Cranswick Country Foods p.l.c.
Staithes Road
Preston, Hull
HU12 8TB
 

Dalehead Foods
Fulney Lane 
Spalding
PE12 6EP
 

Karro Food Group Ltd.
Hugden Way 
Malton 
YO17 6HG 
 

Tulip Ltd.
Oakleigh Green 
Westerleigh, Bristol
BS37 8QZ
 

Neerock Ltd. 
The Abattoir, Junction Street
Whitewalls Industrial Estate 
Colne 
BB8 8LH 
 

Northern Ireland

Cranswick Country Foods p.l.c.
146 Fenaghy Road 
Cullybackey 
BT42 1EA
 

Karro Food Group Ltd. 
70 Molesworth Road 
Cookstown 
BT80 8PJ
 

William Grant & Co. Ltd. 
16 Coney Road
Londonderry 
BT48 8JP
 

Other specified official laboratories in Northern Ireland

Laboratories analysing milk and milk products

Northern Ireland

Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute (AFBI)
Newforge Lane, Belfast BT9 5PX
tel: 028 90 255556

Laboratories monitoring feed samples

Northern Ireland

Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute (AFBI)
Stormont, Stoney Road
Belfast BT4 3SD
tel: 028 90 525785