Thank you for choosing the Food Safety and Quality Assurance Laboratory of the Department of Veterinary Public Health & Pharmacology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science, University of Peradeniya (FSQAL).
The accuracy of analysis depends on the quality of samples. Samples should be submitted to FSQAL as soon as possible after sampling has been done. Delays in submitting samples may compromise the integrity of the samples and subsequently, the laboratory results. The below stated facts are important in ensuring the quality and integrity of samples arriving at FSQAL.
Samples which are NOT submitted in accordance with the below specified quality and packing conditions will be rejected.

Sample Quantity

The required quantities are as follows.

  • Chicken : about 100g of breast muscle (also, need to send the whole liver, and a kidney with the breast muscle sample)
  • Shrimp, fish and other meat types: about 300g
  • Liquid milk: about 250ml in a clean suitable container or the complete packet
  • Animal Feed : about 200g
  • Sample Packing
    • Each sample should be packed in a separate polythene bag to avoid cross contamination.
    • Each sample must be clearly labelled with the sample identity.
    Sample Transportation
    • Preservative should not be added to the samples
    • The sample must be frozen (lessthan 15 ͦ C) and transported with freezer packs or ice (exceptions-UHT/ pasteurized milk in un-opened packets) (This condition does not apply to animal feed samples)
    Sample Submission
    • Samples should be submitted between 8.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. during week days, except public holidays.
    • A request letter should be submitted along with the test samples, including:
      • Sample No. and/ or batch/ lot No.
      • Date of sampling
      • Analyses requested
      • Name and address of the client
      • Telephone number to call in case of questions or problems
    • It is better to send a number of samples at once rather than a few samples at frequent intervals.
    • Incomplete information and/ or an inadequate number of samples may cause a delay in results.
    Test Analysis
    • A test report will be issued within two weeks after submission of samples.
    • If the required numbers of samples are not provided for analysis of chloramphenicol or nitrofuran metabolites, the analysis time may be longer than two weeks. This is because the FSQAL will have to combine small sample tests with another set of samples to achieve the optimum batch size for analysis to save resources.
    Sample Retention Time
    • Samples will be disposed after three months. If there is any suspicion about the validity of the results of a particular sample, it can be re-analysed only within three months from the date of test report.
    • We appreciate your cooperation in sending the payments at the time of submitting the samples.
    • Charges for the analytical tests are given in the below table.
    All cheques should be drawn in favour of Senior Assistant Bursar, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science and be posted to:
    Director FSQAL
    Department of Veterinary Public Health & Pharmacology (VPHP)
    Faculty of Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science
    University of Peradeniya

Confidentiality of the client or testing related information
  • Any client or testing related information will not be shared with a third party or make public without prior customer consent unless required by law.

  • About FSQAL

    Food Safety and Quality Assurance Laboratory responsible for monitoring antimicrobial residues in food commodities and is the first SLAB (Sri Lanka Accereditation Board) accredited service laboratory in the entire university system in Sri Lanka.

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    Contact Information

    Food Safety & Quality Assurance Laboratory
    Department of Veterinary Public Health & Pharmacology Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
    University of Peradeniya,Peradeniya 20400.
    Quality Manager - +9481 – 2395761
    Technical Manager – +9481 – 2395755