CANADA – Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification (TIC) services, has announced the opening of its fifth Canadian Microbiology Laboratory located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The new laboratory will offer Rapid Pathogen testing for E.coli O157:H7, Salmonella and Listeria, as well as Indicators for Generic E.coli/Coliforms, Total Plate Count, Yeast and Mold.

The facility is an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory, and a part of Bureau Veritas’ broad suite of Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) accredited services.

The expansion of its food testing and certification business in Canada also enhances Bureau Veritas’ market-leading food safety and quality laboratory testing capabilities across the North American region.

Waylon Sharp, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Food and Agri North America, Bureau Veritas, noted that the opening of the laboratory in Winnipeg reinforced their commitment to support the growing Winnipeg food and agri market. It also reinforces the expansion of the company’s Chemistry and Residue Laboratory network that spans across Canada and the U.S.

“We look forward to servicing our customers and communities across North America through our full-service food safety and quality testing, auditing, and certification solutions,” he said.

Whether customers are involved in catering/hospitality, retail, manufacturing, processing, or producing––Bureau Veritas’ testing and certification services support regulatory compliance, safety, and quality across the full food chain.

Bureau Veritas helps its 400,000 clients improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet standards and regulations in terms of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

It recently entered into an agreement with Avena Foods Limited to provide on-site laboratory testing services at their Avena Purity Protocol facility located in Regina, SK, Canada.

Avena is a specialty miller that provides food, beverage, pet food, and nutraceutical manufacturers with sustainably grown and milled Purity Protocol oat and functional gluten-free pulse ingredients.

Bureau Veritas will support Avena to upgrade their on-site laboratory by expanding the scope of services offered and elevating their operations to an ISO 17025 standard in support of Avena’s strong commitment to product quality and safety.

Additionally, it will provide full-time laboratory personnel to deliver on-site laboratory operations and critical testing required for production support and food safety and quality management, as reported by PR Newswire.

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