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Founded in 1984 by George Alan Gardner MBE, BAgr, PhD, FIFST. Formerly the Chief Technical Officer of the Ulster Curers Association, Technical Division, which he joined in 1965 as Research Bacteriologist until its closure in 1984.

Author of 37 papers in scientific publications and text books, he has contributed to the reference panel and editorial boards of various journals as well as a consultant to the International Commision on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF)

A former chairman of IFST (Northern Ireland Branch), Council member of the Irish Society of Food Hygiene & Technology, committee member of the Society of Applied Bacteriology (now SfAM), He was awarded, in 1993, the MBE for services to development in microbiology.

The Beechwood Laboratories team is composed of technical and scientific staff with a wide range of formal education and experience. Subjects include Agriculture, Applied Biology, Biochemical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Business Studies, Chemistry, Food Science, Food & Nutrition and Microbiology