INDIA – SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection, and certification company, has launched the Advanced Centre of Testing (ACT) at its laboratory premises at Ambattur, Chennai -expanding its food testing capabilities.
The ACT provides specialized services for targeted and non-targeted detection of various contaminants, digital sensory analysis, and DNA-based molecular solutions. The advanced capabilities will help the agriculture and food industry combat fraud, ensure authenticity, enhance safety, and improve the quality of food products to build consumer trust.
As food products progress from farm to fork, they can be vulnerable to fraud and contamination at various points in the supply chain. This requires strict surveillance to ensure the integrity and quality of the food products when delivered to the customer.
The ACT deploys advanced scientific equipment to detect and identify compounds, characterize sensory attributes, and identify organisms with fast turn-around times and allows retrospective data analytics.
It has a high-resolution accurate mass spectrometry (HRAM) for targeted and non-targeted screening of agrochemical residues, pesticides, contaminants, antibiotics, veterinary drugs, steroids, nitrosamines, hormones etc. It’s also equipped with an electronic nose (eNose) and Electronic tongue (eTongue) for digital sensory evaluation with unbiased, precise organoleptic evaluation.
Next Generation Sequencing technology (NGS) and Digital PCR provide DNA-based and molecular-biology solutions for probiotic, halal, vegan and GMO testing, food adulteration, and plant, meat, and fish allergens, and bacterial species identification.
The ACT provides powerful solutions to the agriculture and food industry to take quality control to the next level and improve speed to market with fast, precise, and reliable results.
The SGS laboratory at Ambattur, Chennai, provides a comprehensive range of solutions towards quality testing of food and agricultural products. The National Accreditation Board accredits it for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) for conformance to ISO 17025:2017.
It is uniquely positioned to meet the growing needs of manufacturers in the agriculture and food industry by delivering a broad spectrum of quality, safety, authenticity, and sustainability services.
SGS partners with V-label
SGS and V-Label have joined forces in a partnership that will promote global vegan and vegetarian authenticity in food and wine.
V-Label is the most trusted and internationally recognized mark for vegan and vegetarian quality. This fusion of strengths provides a transparent stamp of quality for vegan and vegetarian consumers globally. To date, V-Label has been a unique international symbol of quality for vegans and vegetarians. This new partnership will bring the already strong recognition of V-Label to an even wider audience via the SGS global network.
“We are excited about this partnership, which brings together SGS expertise and our leading position in food certification and compliance programs, with V-Label, the largest and most recognized vegan-vegetarian mark. Our partnership will ensure that consumers everywhere can benefit from the added reassurance that the products they consume are authentic and meet strict standards,” commented Jeff McDonald, Executive Vice-President from SGS.
The V-Label standard is supported by a fully auditable program and standard criteria, as well as the V-Label product mark. As auditing partners, SGS will ensure consistency in the implementation of the requirements with a stringent program of auditor training and qualification around the world.
Clients will benefit from a certificate of compliance displaying both the SGS and V-Label logos, bringing added recognition within the global vegan and vegetarian market. Over and above, the partnership means an even stronger presence and trusted label of choice for consumers worldwide.