1. Microbiology & Food Hygiene

A harmonised system for approval and monitoring private laboratories testing for foodborne pathogens

Project Reference:




Commencement Date:

May, 2005

Project Duration:

36 months


This project aimed to develop an agreed protocol for approval and monitoring testing for foodborne pathogens in private laboratories. The project organised a number of all-island inter-laboratory proficiency testing trials, as well as the development of a database of Salmonella tests and the compilation of a collection of isolates. This database and collection has been extended to include other bacteria.

Principal Contractor(s):

Dr John Egan, Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Dublin


Dr Nola Leonard, University College Dublin

Dr Stanley McDowell, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast



FoodMicro Database

Peer review:

E. Jordan, J. Egan*, C. Dullea, J. Ward, K. McGillicuddy, G. Murray, A. Murphy, B. Bradshaw, N. Leonard, P. Rafter, S. McDowell. “Salmonella surveillance in raw and cooked meat and meat products in the Republic of Ireland from 2002 to 2004”. International Journal of Food Microbiology 112 (2006) 66–70.