FTS Laboratories

Experienced Nationwide Independent Food Sampling, Inspection & Laboratory Service

The Foreign Trade Service (FTS) is a nationwide third-party independent sampling, inspection, and laboratory service. We specialize in imported food safety, FDA detentions and the emerging hemp products industry. Our inspectors collect unbiased samples for food importers, brokers, processors and on behalf of other private laboratories that conduct quality, safety and retail market analysis. FTS conducts environmental sampling and testing of manufacturing facilities for preventive controls. Our nationwide team samples and inspects imported foods for grading, infestation, taints, tampering, pilfering and shipping damage. In addition, we supervise the loading and unloading of food product shipped by air, rail, truck,barge or ocean carrier. We certify weights, count and condition. FTS is an accredited testing laboratory providing a wide range of food chemisty and microbiology testing services.

A Proven History of Excellence

The Foreign Trade Service (FTS) was established in the nations’s first Foreign Trade Zone, Staten Island, New York in 1937. We began as an independent sampling, inspection, weighing and cargo supervision service, and in 1996 we began to add a wide range of laboratory testing services. 

Assuring Safety of Imported Foods

The FTS team includes consulting food scientists, analytical chemists, microbiologists, stored product entomologists and expert investigators. FTS and our network of associated laboratories provide testing services that include food microbiology, analytical chemistry, sensory evaluation, grading, inspections for foreign matter and filth testing.  Our highly skilled investigators, many with law enforcement backgrounds,  are experts in forensic sampling and FDA detentions.

Scope of Accreditation and Certification

FTS is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2017 by the ANSI National Accreditaion Board (ANAB) for sampling and testing. For a copy of our Certificate of Accreditation and Scope of Accreditation, please visit  https://anab.ansi.org/laboratory-accreditation.