TORONTO, Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Eurofins Experchem announced the official opening and accreditation of the first Eurofins food testing laboratory in Canada today. The two laboratory complex, offering chemical and microbiological analyses, has already achieved ISO 17025 accreditation as certified by the Standards Council of Canada.
"Eurofins is excited to open these state-of-the-art food microbiology and chemistry laboratories as we envision our lab to serve both local food manufacturers in Ontario and global companies with operations in Canada," Eurofins US Food President, Sean Murray, said.
In the announcement, Eurofins leadership promised to bring the Canadian market 'farm-to-fork' product testing capabilities, as well as food safety training, certification, and auditing services. The Toronto laboratories will bring Canadian food producers and retailers test methods and services not available anywhere else by leveraging the extensive testing scope of Eurofins global network of over 400 laboratories.
Microbiology services offered by the new lab include environmental monitoring, spoilage organism and pathogen testing of finished products. The chemistry laboratory can provide evaluation of nutritional parameters and quantification of harmful contaminants like allergens and pesticide residues. The initial service offering was created with the aim to minimize contamination risks within process, ingredients, and products for any food-related industry, according to Matthew Jennison, Eurofins Experchem Business Development Manager.
"Our new lab offers clients in North America tailored local service and global expertise in pathogen detection, quantitative microbiology and food chemistry," Murray said. "Moreover, it serves as a drop-off point to our global centers of excellence which have leading scientific authorities in nutritional and genetic analysis, contaminants, authenticity and allergens testing, amongst other things."
Each laboratory achieved ISO 17025 accreditation before operation began, immediately ensuring clients accurate peer-reviewed methods. The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) offers quality accreditation services for businesses, regulators and government. SCC accreditation is recognized and accepted around the world as the highest and most credible type of accreditation for food testing laboratories in Canada.
Beginning as a pharmaceutical and personal care product testing laboratory, Experchem was purchased by Eurofins in 2015 as the Eurofins Group's first Canadian laboratory. Since that time Eurofins has expanded their Canadian services to include food, environmental, and medicinal cannabis testing capabilities.
Eurofins – Testing for Life The Eurofins Group has provided customers with high-quality services, accurate results, and expert advice for over 30 years. Eurofins Scientific is the global leader in food, environment and pharmaceutical products testing, as well as one of the global market leaders in agrosciences, genomics, discovery pharmacology, and specialized laboratory services.
With over 30,000 staff in more than 400 laboratories across 42 countries, Eurofins offers a portfolio of over 150,000 validated analytical methods for evaluating the safety, identity, composition, authenticity, origin, traceability, and purity of biological substances and products.