Chemical contamination analysis

We use a range of analytical techniques and proven expertise to identify chemical contaminants and their root cause.


Whether accidental or malicious, chemical contamination in food requires a rapid response. You need reliable and accurate information, based on sound analytical evidence, to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We can provide this crucial support. With proven experience of sampling, extraction and analytical methods, our technical experts can identify an extensive list of chemical contaminants including:

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We can identify:


  • Heavy metals and elemental contamination
  • Cleaning agents including bleach and detergents
  • Drugs of abuse
  • Hydrocarbons, including oils, petrol and diesel
  • Substitution and adulteration of products such as alcohols and oils
  • Preservatives and colours
  • Cross contamination from packaging, production or storage
  • Acrylamide (UKAS accredited)
Our chemical contamination analytical services include:


  • Chromatographic analysis
  • Spectroscopic analysis
  • Elemental determination 
  • Energy dispersive x-ray analysis 
  • Semi-quantitative metals screen for ~70 elements

24/7 Emergency Response Service

From contamination, product tampering and allergen contamination to packaging failure, our 24-hour Emergency Response Service (ERS) helps our members make critical decisions at the right time

Contact us

Need to get in touch? Please complete the enquiry form or call us on:

Switchboard: +44 (0)118 918 4000

Customer Services: +44 (0)118 918 4076

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