York food, water and environmental laboratory: services

The laboratory provides diagnostic microbiological testing services for the examination of food, water and environmental samples.

The York food, water and environmental laboratory provides public health focused testing in line with regulation and guidance for a range of stakeholders including:

  • local authorities
  • port health authorities
  • NHS
  • commercial companies

The laboratory serves the North of England including:

  • Cheshire
  • Cumbria
  • Derbyshire
  • Lancashire
  • Lincolnshire
  • Manchester
  • Merseyside
  • Nottinghamshire
  • the north-east
  • Yorkshire and the Humber

It also provides a service to commercial customers within these regions and across England.

Services available

The laboratory provides a range of services which include:

  • general hygiene screens for food samples and surface swabs
  • detection and identification of pathogens such as salmonella, listeria, campylobacter, vibrio, Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157 and other Shiga-toxin producing E.coli by conventional techniques and using PCR
  • spoilage organisms such as yeasts and moulds
  • end of shelf-life assessment for food
  • dairy product testing including determination of alkaline phosphatase activity
  • shellfish classification testing
  • swimming and spa pool water quality
  • potable and surface or recreational water quality
  • legionella and pseudomonas in water supplies
  • endoscopy rinse water and renal dialysis water
  • Bacillus anthracis detection in environmental samples
  • support for investigation of outbreaks



Food, water and environmental microbiology laboratory York

National Agri-Food Innovation Campus
Block 10
Sand Hutton

YO41 1LZ

Published 31 July 2014
Last updated 3 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated locations served by the lab and list of services.
  2. First published.