AGROLAB Ibérica (Burgos) has extended its scope of ISO 17025 accreditation in alternative microbiological methods for detection tests and in enumeration tests in various matrices.


The laboratory AGROLAB Ibérica S.L.U. at its headquarters in Burgos expands its scope of accreditation in the area of microbiology, focusing on alternative methods that improve the turnaround times of traditional ISO/AFNOR methods.

With this, we offer a fast alternative that meets all the regulatory requirements for the analysis of urgent samples or product releases in the shortest possible time.


The new methods comply with the requirements of Commission Regulation (EC) 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs, which establishes the need for control of both foodstuffs and production areas and equipment, as this regulation establishes reference standards for analysis and also states that "The use of alternative analytical methods shall be authorised when the methods are validated against the reference method set out in Annex I and if a registered method is used, certified by a third party in accordance with the protocol of EN/ISO 16140 or other similar internationally accepted protocols".

  • Detection of Salmonella spp. in food, feed and environmental samples. IRIS method: Provides both positive and negative results in 48h, which is an improvement in delivery times with respect to the traditional ISO. It includes new matrices/portions of analysis in scope such as process water or feed in 125 g.
  • Detection of Listeria spp. and Listeria monocytogenes in food and environmental samples. COMPASS method: With results within 72h, which shortens delivery times compared to the ISO method.
  • Counting of Enterobacteriaceae in food, feed and environmental samples. RAPIDEnterobacteriaceae® method: Both positive and negative results in 24h, compared to the 72h it takes to obtain a presumptive colony count in the ISO method.
  • Mould and yeast count in food and feed. SYMPHONY ® method: In this new chromogenic method we obtain results in 3 days compared to 5 days for ISO or AFNOR standards.
  • Coagulase-positive Staphylococcus count in food. Easy Staph® method. Another chromogenic method with results in 24 hours compared to 48 hours for ISO standards.

In addition to these rapid methods, the laboratory extends its scope in the Lactic acid bacteria count test at 30ºC in food and feed under the ISO 15214 / IDF 220 method.


YOUR PLUS: Reliable and accredited results in less time than traditional methods. Advantages in product release and urgent samples. You can consult our scope or contact our customer service for further information.


Author: Guillermo Gordillo (AGROLAB Iberica)