Q Laboratories is a leading UKAS accreditedlaboratory, providing a range of services tofacilitate the production of microbiologically safeproducts.Routine testing for pathogens and spoilageorganisms is a central part of the business. Theexpertise from Q Laboratories and othercompanies in the International Diagnostics Group,enables an extensive range of tests to be offeredacross a wide range of food, pharmaceutical andhousehold products.Testing, by itself, does not solve all quality issues.Q Laboratories specialises in evaluation of processes, in development of HACCP(HazardAnalysis Critical Control Point) systems andadvice on all aspects of factory hygiene, whichultimately contributes to product quality.Q Laboratories’customer base includes manybrand leaders. With a testing base across the UKand worldwide demand for its consultancy,training and seminar services, Q Laboratories canprovide the specialist support increasinglyrequired to meet quality standards imposed byregulations, and more importantly, those expectedby consumers.
IDG Research services the group’s growingdemand for new product development and thisexpertise is extended to external companiesthrough contract development services.IDG Research currently produce immunoassaykits for a leading European producer of foodtesting equipment. The kits are based uponmagnetic particle technology, which haveapplications in traditional microbiology culture,immunoassay and DNAcapture technologies.The facility has recently established a molecularbiology laboratory to develop technologies toenhance the specificity of pathogen detection infood and other industrial applications.