Microbiological analysis

The testing facility for microbiological research offers microbiological analysis services for the food and animal feed industry.

The measurements can be used to:

  • Assess the freshness of raw materials
  • Estimate the product’s shelf-life
  • Assess hygiene in the treatment of foodstuffs and personal hygiene


Rapid analysis

Sýni Research Service ehf. also offers rapid microbiological analysis (VIDAS) of campylobacter, salmonella and Listeria.


The following measurements are among those available with no particular prior notice

Measurements labelled with an asterisk (*) do not have accreditation.

Foodstuffs measurements Method
Total viable counts (TVC), 22°C, 30°C and 35°C NMKL No. 86, 5th issue, 2013
Presumptive Bacillus cereus NMKL No. 67, 6th issue, 2010
Clostridium perfringens NMKL No. 95, 5th issue, 2009
Coliforms MPN ISO 4831:2006
E.coli, Escherichia coli MPN ISO 7251:2005
L. monocytogenes NMKL No. 136, 5th issue, 2010
Listeria NMKL No. 136, 5th issue, 2010
Listeria VIDAS Listeria 30700:2010
Mould and yeast NMKL No. 98, 4th issue, 2005
Salmonella NMKL No. 71, 5th issue, 1999
Salmonella VIDAS Salmonella 30702:2010
Coagulase-positive staphylococci NMKL No. 66, 5th issue, 2009
Sulphite reducing clostridiums NMKL No. 56, 2015
Heat-tolerant campylobacter NMKL No. 119, 3rd issue, 2007
*Campylobacter in foodstuffs and animal feed Rapid analysis with VIDAS VIDAS Campylobacter 30111
*Enterobacteraceae in foodstuffs and animal feed NMKL No. 144, 2005
*Lactic acid bacteria in foodstuffs and animal feed NMKL No. 140, 1991 modified
*Listeria quantification NMKL 136:2010
*Crymophylic bacteria NMKL 74:2000
*Enterococci (in foodstuffs and animal feed) NMKL 68:2011
*Vibrio NMKL 156:1997
*Coliforms VRBA NMKL 44:2004
*E.coli VRBA NMKL 125:2005
*E.coli ISO 16649-2:2001
*Salmonella (environmental and faeces samples) ISO 6579:2002 / A1:2007
Water measurements Method
Coliforms, Escherichia coli (Dialysis) ISO 9308-1:2014
E.coli (Dialysis) ISO 7899-2:2000
Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Dialysis) ÍST/EN ISO 16266:2008
Total viable counts (TVC), 22°C and 35°C ISO 6222:1999
*Coliforms / E.coli (MPN five-vial method) 9308-2:1990