Food and water analysis

Analysis of foods

Eurofins Megalab carries out the analysis of both animal and human foodstuffs, collaborating in food safety for everybody together with advisers, quality controllers, companies, livestock keepers, private individuals and public health inspectors.    

We carry out the following analyses: 

  • Microbiological Analyses 
  • Analyses of toxins of biological origin 
  • Study of the useful lifetime 
  • Physical and chemical analyses  
  • Analyses of toxins, wastes or insecticides 
  • Analyses of food allergens 

Analysis of water

Eurofins Megalab Canarias carrying out analysis of water, collaborates in food safety for everybody together with advisers, quality controllers, companies, private individuals and public health inspectors 

We carry out the following analysis: 

  • Microbiological Analysis 
  • Physical and chemical analysis  
  • Analyses for insecticides, hydrocarbons, radioactivity 

The different kinds of water we analyse are: 

  • Water supply: (Mains, taps, tanks) 
  • Swimming-pools: (Children’s, adults’, hydro-massage) 
  • Bottled water 
  • Spring water: (Groundwater, wells) 
  • Refrigeration system waters: (Cooling towers, evaporative condensers) 
  • Seawater: (beaches, fish factories) 
  • Waste water 
  • Filtration of seawater or waste water  

Air analysis

These analysis serve to detect the air quality in different areas which need to be monitored, such as: 

  • Hospital areas such as: Operating theatres, ICUs, Delivery rooms 
  • In-vitro fertilisation centres 
  • Food industry and buildings  

We carry out microbiological analyses of air to check for the presence of the following micro-organisms:   

  • Aerobic micro-organisms 
  • Fungi and yeasts  

Analysis of surfaces

We collect the samples ourselves or we supply the necessary materials for collecting samples with different techniques according to the surface to be investigated:   

  • RODAC plates, Swabs, Sponges, Media. 

Among the most common micro-organisms that we investigate are: 

  • Indicators (Aerobic micro-organismsFungiYeasts, Coliforms, Enterobacteria). 
  • Indicators of lack of hygiene (Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus) 
  • Pathogens (Salmonella, Listeria spp and Listeria monocytogenes): 

All of this allows us to evaluate the general state of the surfaces while work is going on or after cleaning and disinfection.

Analysis of cosmetics

With the aim of being able to evaluate contamination of a cosmetic product and while observing Spanish and international recommendations, we carry out the following  analyses: 

  • pH
  • Indicators (Aerobic micro-organisms, Fungi and Yeasts): this allows us to evaluate both the raw material and the proper state of operation of the self-monitoring process of the establishment.   
  • Pathogens (Escherichia coli, Staphylococus aureus, Pseudomonas aeuroginosa and Candida albicans): the presence of these micro-organisms may involve infections on the skin or the eyes of consumers   

In cosmetics, we carry out studies of anti-microbial properties of cosmetic products  by adding different strains to them and evaluating whether a certain micro-organism grows in the product being investigated, which it is very useful to know.   


Here you have the protocols to help you collect your samples at home. If you have any questions, contact us.