PERU – SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company has renovated its food testing laboratory in Callao City, Peru, to offer increased testing capabilities and faster turnaround times, while significantly reducing its environmental impact.
The 100m2 sustainability-focused laboratory provides critical food testing services with a turnaround time that is 50-70% quicker than that of its predecessor.
It conducts microbiological, chemical and sensory testing on a wide variety of food products including fishmeal, oily fish and fish oils, dairy products, meats, processed food products and vegetables (fresh, dehydrated and frozen).
“At SGS Peru, we are committed to improving our services, performing more precise analyses and achieving shorter response times. But the most important thing is that we achieve these objectives through sustainable management, aimed at reducing our carbon footprint,” explains Lorenzo De Santis, Health & Nutrition Manager.
SGS has introduced new automated equipment for testing proteins, moisture and fats. The laboratory can also now conduct free fatty acids and basic volatile nitrogen (FFA-TVBN) and color tests. These acquisitions allow for more precise analyses, and reduce delivery times by 50-70%.
The renovated laboratory is also way more sustainable than its forerunner. Its new equipment reduces the use of reagents and glass materials by 50% and decreases energy consumption by 75%.
The laboratory also possesses a new automated control system that measures energy consumption and the carbon footprint in real time – providing key insights to help the laboratory reduce carbon emissions on an ongoing basis.
SGS is a leader in laboratory analysis for food, fishmeal and fish oil, with a presence in over 140 countries. The Callao City laboratory benefits greatly from this global network.
“Our experienced staff is always up to date with the industry’s latest best practices and adopts a global lens throughout its work. This allows us to deliver the best possible service to our clients, backed up by our first-class facilities and robust technical support capabilities,” stated De Santis.
Earlier in the year, the company during its 70th anniversary in Mexico, announced the opening of a new 500m2 food analysis laboratory in Naucalpan, State of Mexico.
The new Naucalpan laboratory will support the Mexican food industry, assisting organizations with quality control and regulatory compliance.
The food safety testing market remains a technologically dynamic and flourishing market in the world primarily due to the increasing cases of foodborne illnesses.
As laboratory testing services continue to expand in scope, the market will see deeper integration and application of more technologies in the future.
This commercialization of market is playing a positive role in accelerating laboratory testing service business digitalization, improving industry chain structures and enhancing information use efficiency.