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Qualitative Rapid Testing for Salmonella using Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine is now available in SGS in the Philippines.

The latest service is part of the continuous expansion of SGS Philippines’ food testing capabilities to achieve faster, precise and reliable results. Accurate results can now be expected within four to five working days.

This modern technology involves a rapid procedure with high sensitivity and specificity, allowing our experts to immediately detect and identify bacteria from different food materials.

PCR is also well-known to detect DNA from live or dead organisms, as well as covering the risk of mismatching.

SGS also offers testing for Salmonella using the conventional method. Results may be expected within seven days.



Food poisoning is usually caused by the consumption of food or beverages that have been contaminated with harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites.

As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 600 million people suffer from such illness each year.

In the Philippines alone, over 32,000 cases of food and waterborne disease have been recorded by the Department of Health (DOH) as of September 2017.

One major culprit for food poisoning is a common type of bacteria called salmonella.

Usually found in the intestinal tract of humans and other animals, salmonella is known to cause diarrheal illness in humans commonly through contamination of food, or transmission of feces from one person or animal to another.

When present in raw meat and poultry, these bacteria can survive if the food has not been cooked properly, or when juices from raw meat come in contact with ready-to-eat food products. Food may also be contaminated through an infected food handler.



Proper food handling is key in preventing food to be contaminated with any harmful bacteria.

  • Wash hands with soap and warm water, as well as the utensils to be used for food preparation.
  • Separate raw from cooked. Make sure to use separate utensils for each. Do not place cooked food in unwashed plates.
  • Ensure that your food is cooked well. Avoid consuming high-risk food such as raw or lightly cooked eggs, undercooked meat or poultry and unpasteurized milk.

Proper food storage may also control the production of salmonella in any food item. Refrigerate food as needed.

Let our SAFE points guide you on how you can properly prepare, serve and store your food at home.


We, at SGS, can help you ensure that whatever food product you consume is safe and of good quality, from farm to fork.

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world.