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Experts in the world of research diets

About us

For more than a quarter of a century SDS has been manufacturing precisely formulated and controlled diets, leading the way in accurate feeding for laboratory species.

The guarantee of quality from SDS allows you to be sure that the only variables in your trials are the ones you have planned. We know that quality assurance in every aspect is vital in this demanding field and consistency is essential to the integrity of experimental data.

The SDS head office is in Essex, UK. We have a subsidiary company in France and a network of agents across Europe and worldwide. With an impressive pedigree in supplying the research industry, we have the experience, expertise and facilities to fulfil the most demanding requirements.

All of our diets are manufactured at our UK site which is tailored for the production of research diets. Our two main production lines are completely drug and medication free. One of these is also free from animal proteins thus ensuring a completely vegetarian product is supplied. SDS also manufactures its own premixes to ensure complete quality control of all diet ingredients. Custom made diets are manufactured on the same site but in a completely separate building.

Special Diets Services is the largest supplier of Laboratory Animal diets in Europe and the only dedicated manufacturer in the UK. SDS has an international reputation for the quality of its diets and manufacturing and storage facilities. As research diets are our core business SDS has the formulations, packaging and flexibility to suit all your requirements. We also have a professional, friendly technical team who are experts in the field of research animal nutrition.

Products and data sheets

Diet types

Special quality control (SQC)

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Standard animal diets

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Custom made diets

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Fixed formulation diets

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Compression and expanded pellets

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Mineral and vitamin premixes

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Packaging

As part of our flexible service, packaging from SDS is tailored to the requirements of our customers. We are mindful of environmental concerns and specialise in “least packaging options” to minimise disposal quantities after use. 

We offer a choice of polythene, vacuum, polylined and irradiated packaging, boxes and large capacity tote bags as well as the standard heavy gauge, multi-wall, 12.5kg paper bag in which most of our products are packed. Other options are available to suit customer needs. 

Paper as standard
Paper as standard
White plastic for fat coated diets
White plastic for fat coated diets
Polywoven for autoclaving
Polywoven for autoclaving
Heavy duty heat-sealed plastic
Heavy duty heat-sealed plastic
Polylined for barriers
Polylined for barriers
Double polylined
Double polylined
Vacuum packed 2.5kg - 12.5kg
Vacuum packed 2.5kg - 12.5kg
Bulk box delivery – irradiated diets
Bulk box delivery – irradiated diets
Bulk bag delivery
Bulk bag delivery

Quality

The name of SDS is synonymous with quality. Only the highest grade raw materials are accepted at our manufacturing facility in the UK. 

Stringent quality tests are carried out even before unloading to maintain our superior standards. Quality control takes place at every stage of manufacture, assuring our customers that variability is kept to an absolute minimum across our range of diets.

Our efficient, computer controlled production plant is ‘drug free’, completely eliminating the risk of contamination by medication such as growth promoters and antibiotics.

SDS has been a Certificated Quality Management since 1991. In 2009 we obtained BS EN ISO 9001:2008 Status and in 2010 we obtained GMP + Accreditation.

This quality system applies to all business areas and not just production.

It is designed to meet customer requirements from ordering through to dispatch ensuring traceability at all stages.

Technical

SDS has a Technical Team available to answer any questions you may have. This could be regarding the suitability of SDS products for your own application, or a new custom made formulation. This dedicated team includes Nutritionists, expert in the field of laboratory animal nutrition.

As our website develops you will be able to download documents that cover a range of topics from Autoclaving Diet to Zebra Fish Nutrition.

For Technical Support please contact

technical@sdsdiets.com

Contacts and distributors

At SDS we pride ourselves on a responsive nature to the needs of both customers and the industry. As well as our head office in the UK and a subsidiary company in France, SDS has a network of agents across Europe, providing full support for our entire product range. If you have a question or particular requirement, contact us.

Direct sales

SDS Diets

Tel: +44 (0)1376 511260
Fax: +44 (0)1376 511247
UK Sales: +44 (0)1376 536004
Export Sales: +44 (0)1376 536005
Email: info@sdsdiets.com

Direct technical support

SDS Diets

Tel: +44 (0)1376 511260
Fax: +44 (0)1376 511247
Email: technical@sdsdiets.com

Worldwide distribution network

As well as the head office in the UK and a subsidary company in France, SDS has a network of agents across Europe, providing full support for the entire product range.

UK

LBS Biotech

Tel: +44 (0)1293 827940
Fax: +44 (0)1293 782235
Email: sales@lbs-biotech.com
Web: www.lbs-biotech.com

UK

DBM Scotland

Tel: +44 (0)1506 862360
Fax: +44 (0)1506 859401
Email: alastair.russell@dbm-ltd.co.uk

Denmark, Finland, Sweden & Norway

SCANBUR

Tel: +46 8 594 767 80
Fax: +46 8 594 767 97
Email: info-se@scanbur.eu
Web: www.scanbur.com

Germany

SDS Deutschland

Tel: +49 (0) 6236 560 430
Fax: +49 (0) 6236 14 94
Email: info@sdsdiets.de
Web: www.sdsdiets.de

France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain

SDS France

Tel: +33 (0)1 30 10 94 94
Fax: +33 (0)1 30 10 94 99
Email: france@sdsdiets.com
Web: www.sdsdiets.fr

Singapore and Malaysia

i-DNA Biotechnology Pte Ltd

Tel: + 65 6779 0665
Fax: + 65 6776 0368
Email: thuan@i-dna.biz
Web: www.i-dna.biz

Holland, Belgium and Luxemburg

Technilab - BMI

Tel: +31 493 44 07 06
Fax: +31 493 44 07 03
Email: info@tecnilab-bmi.nl