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Food sampling

Sampling of products for analytical testing/ examination is carried out on a regular basis in accordance with North Ayrshire Council's Food Sampling Programme.

Sampling helps to:

  • monitor manufacturing processes and general hygiene trends
  • investigate complaints and incidents of food poisoning
  • check the composition and labelling of foods. 

Locally produced foods, products of a high risk nature and those prone to fraudulent activity are sampled more frequently. Samples are also procured during routine inspections.

North Ayrshire Council participates in surveys co-ordinated by various bodies including:

Glasgow Scientific Services, a UKAS accredited laboratory, has been appointed to carry out analysis.