Food Service

Being successful in the food service industry requires more than just good ideas. A safe, healthy environment for food preparation provides peace of mind for your customers. The University of Guelph, Agriculture & Food Laboratory (AFL) is here to help you address consumer issues and maintain product integrity. You need testing services to ensure sanitation is adequate, and that the quality of your food supply is top-notch. We take these concerns seriously, and provide a range of testing services to keep your mind at ease.  We have a wide array of experts working under one roof to provide rapid, high quality testing.

Some of our services are unique and are not offered anywhere else in Canada. For example, our analytical microscopy service accepts samples from across Canada and the United States. RUSH turn-around is available for most services.

Click below to learn more about our testing services or contact us to learn how our laboratories can meet your testing needs:



Food MicrobiologyWe offer cultural and rapid methods to detect and enumerate pathogens and other organisms in raw ingredients and processed food.

Learn more about Food Microbiology Services here.



Molecular Analyses

Molecular DNAWe provide a wide array of DNA analysis services for plant, animal and microbial samples as long as a sample contains DNA.

Learn more about Food Service Molecular Analyses here.




Food AllergensWe offer testing for all the major food allergens with accurate, timely results.  We can detect the presence and quantify many allergens.

Learn more about Food Service Allergen testing.



Foreign Contaminants Identification

Foreign ContaiminationWe provide identification of a wide variety of food and production contaminants to quickly resolve customer complaints, quality defects, and potential litigation.

Learn more about Food Foreign Contaminants.



Residue Testing

Residue testing in foodWe can test for a broad range of residue types in feed and food including mycotoxins, minerals, heavy metals, pesticides, etc.

Learn more about our residue testing.




Our testing is carried out in a state-of-the-art facility with a mature Quality System. Please refer to our Scopes of Accreditations.