International Laboratory Services (ILS) has the enviable reputation of being one of the finest equipped and most professional contract testing organisations in Europe. ILS offers a comprehensive range of food testing services. Since the company was founded in 1995, ILS has witnessed tremendous growth in contract food testing. With rising demand to provide accredited analyses from the multiple retailers, more and more food companies are finding these costs prohibitive to maintaining in-house laboratories.
ILS offers a ‘one-stop’ shop for clients wishing to have access to a comprehensive technical service, including the provision of both microbiological and chemical testing services.
Within our Microbiology Department ILS has state of the art laboratory equipment, supplied by Kiestra Lab Automation. ILS was the first laboratory in the country to have such a system installed. The instrumentation automates many of the labour intensive aspects of sampling and testing of food.
The unique bar coding system used eliminates errors caused by the manual transference of information when booking in samples. The bar-code for each sample details its unique sample number, description and the analyses to be carried out.
The laboratory also employs an automated pipetting system which eradicates potential volume errors that would affect dilution factors. The system is fully calibrated and much quicker than conventional pipetting methods.
Following recent investments, ILS has ensured that microbiology testing services available to customers are of the highest quality whilst being cost effective.
The investment made in microbiology has been mirrored in the Chemistry Department with instrumentation to achieve speedy turnround demanded by the multiple retailers. Instrumentation has become increasingly sophisticated and, as a market leader, ILS has ensured that it has the most up to date technology available.
Testing within the Chemistry Department includes nutritional testing for labelling, vitamins and minerals, GMO detection, meat speciation, allergen testing. ILS also provide a Cooking Validation service to provide consumers with the correct information for the re-heating of ready meals and food products and its importance in terms of product quality and safety.
Tel: 01332 793000