To enhance the food safety control and inspection quarantine of fresh foods, the Laboratory Division has continued to expand its food testing parameters and scope to continually optimize the existing testing methods and to provide more comprehensive and diversified testing services in order to support relevant food safety work in IAM’s subsidiary units.
Food safety requirements can be evaluated through various tests, which will assure the public at ease. The testing techniques used by the Laboratory follows an objective and scientific principles. According to specific technical requirements, advanced instruments are equipped with an international/national standard of testing to ensure the accuracy and a reliability of the test results.
At present, the Laboratory is able to test a variety of food categories, including physico-chemical parameters, pesticide residues, veterinary drug residues,metals, additives, pigments, contaminants, toxins, radionuclides, bacteria and avian influenza viruses. Providing food safety analysis and data to other subsidiary units enable food safety evaluations. In addition, the Laboratory also provides emergency tests concerning food safety incidents.
Food testing workflow:
  1. Sample reception
    • Sample checking
    • Sample registration
  2. Laboratory analysis
    • Microbiological analysis: Sample and media preparation, sample inoculation and incubation, result interpretation, bacteria identification.
    • Chemical analysis: Sample and reagent preparation, analyte extraction, instrument analysis.
  3. Information collation and test report printing
    • Data processing and checking
    • Test report printing and delivery