About FTS Labs

Experienced Nationwide Independent Food Sampling, Inspection & Laboratory Service

The Foreign Trade Service (FTS) is a nationwide third-party independent sampling and inspection service. We specialize in imported food safety and FDA detentions. Our inspectors collect unbiased samples for food importers, brokers, processors and on behalf of private laboratories that conduct quality, safety and retail market analysis. FTS 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 laboratory. Together with our associate laboratories, FTS Laboratories provides a full range of food testing services.

A Proven History of Excellence

The Foreign Trade Service (FTS) was established in the Port of New York in 1945 as an independent sampling, inspection, weighing and cargo supervision service.

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 by the Laboratory Accreditaion Bureau. For a copy of our Certificate of Accreditation and Scope of Accreditation, please visit  www.l-a-b.com.