ALTECA Ltd. is a diversified company. We offer scientific solutions for the food and feed industries, including foreign material identification, food forensics testing, product defect examinations, rapid enzymatic test kits, as well as resources for microscopists all over the world. Our dedicated staff has been solving problems in the food and feed industries for over twenty-five years. How can we help you?


Lynn S. Bates, Founder, ALTECA Ltd.

The late Dr. Bates was the founder of ALTECA Ltd. and a pioneer in the field of Forensic Food Microscopy. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Heidelberg College, a M.S. in Biochemistry from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Grain Science from Kansas State University where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Grain Science from 1972 to 1981. Dr. Bates became an independent consultant and founded LSB Products, where he developed several agriculture test kits and products for the integrated pest management industry. He incorporated the business as ALTECA Ltd. in 1986 and solved problems in the food and feed industries until his passing in 2021.

Andrew Hudson

Andrew Hudson is the Lab Tech for Alteca, Ltd, and has been with the company since November of 2015. He received his Bachelor’s Degree of Science with a minor in Health Science and his Master’s Degree of Arts in Education from the University of Nebraska – Kearney in 2008 and 2012 respectively. He takes great enjoyment in helping every client find the answers they need to maintain, if not improve overall quality. He is very dedicated and thorough in his work and will find the most accurate answer possible for all samples submitted.


 ALTECA is a completely independent laboratory and technical center with no long-term contract with any other organizations, except for client confidentiality. We accept a wide range of samples from restaurants, from food processors and manufacturers, as well as from other laboratories and insurance companies. Each sample is accepted and tested as an independent event.

We are proud of our thoughtful and exacting examinations. We treat each sample with the utmost care and maintain tight security around both samples and results. We think you will find the manner in which we handle and examine samples to be exemplary.


 We serve clients in nearly every area of the food industry including (but not limited to)
  • food processors
  • food manufacturers
  • bakeries
  • meat processors
  • dairy industry
  • canning operations
  • frozen foods
  • beverages
  • nuts and snack foods
  • spice industry
  • packaging companies
  • vending and food service industry
  • restaurants
  • insurance companies and claims management services