CANADA – Mérieux NutriSciences, a global leader in food safety, quality, and sustainability, has acquired Food Technology Consulting International Inc., a Canadian company offering consulting, training, and auditing services for food safety.

“Over the last two decades, our mission has been to become the undisputed leader in food safety and quality in the food industry. This agreement brings us one step closer to accomplishing this goal,” said Ivana Roskic, Food Technology Consulting International, Inc.

According to Mérieux, Food Technology Consulting has more than 20 years of experience and provides the quality, integrity, and secrecy required to support the creation, implementation, and upkeep of successful food safety programming.

Their certified and knowledgeable auditors, trainers, and consultants bring value to client partners.

They are a perfect fit because of their history of offering personalized value-added solutions and long-standing partnerships with clients, Mérieux noted.

This acquisition broadens the service portfolio and increases Mérieux NutriSciences’ presence across Canada to better serve this market.

“We are enthusiastic about having the talented team at Food Technology Consulting join us and welcome them to our network.

“This acquisition supports our position as a major player in the consulting market and strengthens our presence in Canada,” said Sébastien Moulard, President of Mérieux NutriSciences, North America.

Mérieux NutriSciences laboratory receives accreditation for food analyses

In other news, Mérieux NutriSciences Gainesville Laboratory has received official A2LA Accreditation Scope Expansion to include FDA Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF).

The FDA’s LAAF-accredited laboratories program is an FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule that satisfies the agency’s laboratory requirements for food testing.

Merieux NutriSciences’ participation in the FDA LAAF-accredited laboratories program gives it the ability to help food producers, under certain circumstances, confirm that their product complies with FDA food testing regulations.

As noted on the FDA website, “The establishment of the LAAF program is intended to improve the accuracy and reliability of certain food testing through the uniformity of standards and enhanced FDA oversight of participating laboratories.” 

After the LAAF final rule is fully implemented, owners and consignees will be required to use a LAAF-accredited laboratory for food testing to support removal from an Import Alert through successful consecutive testing, e.g., to get a food product or firm removed from the “red list”.

Mérieux NutriSciences Gainesville laboratory may now offer Certificates of Analysis for food manufacturers requiring the usage of FDA LAAF-certified laboratories since it is an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited, third-party laboratory.

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