SYNLAB generate new solutions through challenge test expertise

SYNLAB technical expertise provides tailored microbial investigations for the food industry.

SYNLAB Food Testing UK have developed a reputation as the ‘go to’ experts of choice for microbiological investigative testing with many leading food manufacturers and retailers. In developing this market leading position SYNLAB have accrued a significant amount of expertise and knowledge in the development and implementation of challenge testing across the food, beverage and dairy sectors.

Challenge tests involve the careful inoculation of a product with a specific microorganism to monitor the ability of the product to support the growth of the contaminant during its life from production, distribution, storage and handling and assess how that may compromise the product.

The scope of a challenge tests can be wide ranging. From finding the growth potential of Listeria monocytogenes in ready to eat foods to fully bespoke projects developed with customer technical teams to assess, for example, the efficacy of disinfectants or preservatives.

All challenge tests are carefully managed and developed with discussions between the client and SYNLAB. They are particularly well matched to SYNLAB core capability as there is a significant requirement for technical expertise in order to interpret results and offer meaningful advice and a high level of support during the life of the test.

If you wish to discuss challenge tests or any other microbiological testing requirement please contact us at

New state-of-the-art Molecular Biology Laboratory in Hebden Bridge

SYNLAB Food Testing UK are pleased to announce the opening of our new state-of-the-art Molecular Biology Laboratory in Hebden Bridge.

Situated in the Upper Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, it is centrally located 8 miles west of Halifax and 14 miles north-east of Rochdale.  The new purpose-built, 4000 ft2  Laboratory is a PCR and ELISA lab designed specifically for allergen and authenticity testing.

Our nationwide sample collection network can collect from anywhere in the country and deliver samples back to the laboratory on the same day.  The laboratory itself offers a standard 2-day turnaround on ELISA tests , 3 days for PCR, and can also accommodate emergency or same day testing as required.

SYNLAB Hebden Bridge also specialises in GMO and authenticity testing, reinforced by our PhD level industry experts who can assist you with result interpretation, guidance on your customer requirements, and much more.

We have been a trusted industry service provider for over 10 years with a reputation for excellent customer service and industry leading investigative testing methods.

If you would like to find out more or speak to our team then please contact

UKAS Accredited Gluten Testing in Beer

With the increasing demand in Gluten-free beer, SYNLAB are on hand to assist small and large breweries in meeting their free-from gluten claim. Our dedicated team offer the recommended method for gluten analysis in beer and we were the first laboratory to gain UKAS accreditation for this method. Our method is unique as it can quantify peptide fragments from wheat, rye and barley. SYNLAB can also help you meet short deadlines by offering same day emergency analysis, with our standard turnaround time being 2 days.

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