INDIA – SGS Testing laboratory based in Ambattur, Chennai has been awarded the 13th Food Safety Award 2022 for Outstanding Laboratory Performance – Food Testing Laboratories by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Food and Agriculture Center of Excellence (FACE) – India’s leading resource center for driving food safety and nutrition in the food processing industry.
The CII Award for Food Safety, which was introduced by CII in 2010, fosters the development of capacity along the food value chain while promoting globally recognized practices in food safety in small, medium, and large food businesses.
All competing Indian organizations were evaluated for their food safety maturity in order to choose the winner.
The performance of food testing laboratories is assessed using ISO 17025:2017 standards, best practices, leadership efforts, and social and legal compliance.
According to Mr. Shashibhushan Jogani, Managing Director, safety, quality and sustainability are the key drivers in the food industry that help to build customer confidence and trust in a product and brand.
As such, he said, testing laboratories play a pivotal role for the industry and throughout the entire life cycle of food products.
SGS strives to continuously deliver world class testing facilities to Indian industries that help to elevate the quality and safety of the products reaching consumer shelves and plates.
“Our focus and commitment towards this have resulted in significant investments in capability and capacity enhancements in our laboratories and continuously driving systemic improvements to achieve transparency in methodologies and harmonized processes.
“All of these factors ensure that our laboratories and their operations are leading when it comes to quality and performance,” said Mr. Jogani.
SGS’s state-of-the-art food testing laboratory in Ambattur, Chennai is ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited for a scope covering a wide range of tests on agriculture and food products. It is also certified for ISO 9001:2015, ISO 45001:2018 and ISO 14001:2015.
The lab can conduct nutritional analysis, pesticides (+1000), mycotoxins, heavy metals, illegal dyes, antioxidants, preservatives, pathogens, and non-pathogens in food as well as digital sensory evaluation, species identification, and shelf-life studies to test the quality of agricultural and food products.
It is recognized by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Export Inspection Council of India (EIC), Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA).
“We believe that state-of-the-art technology, advanced scientific solutions delivered through transparent processes and sustainable operations define the success of a testing laboratory and build customer confidence. At our food testing laboratories, we have implemented several processes that are considered best practices for the industry.
“We have invested in scaling up our capabilities in the latest technologies and expertise, which together bring the most advanced analytical solutions to our customers,” said Mr. Sathananthan Sangaran, Business Director – Health & Nutrition, SGS India
Mane Kancor Ingredients Pvt. Ltd., a natural ingredients manufacturer, also bagged the CII Food Safety Award for the year 2022, marking its third consecutive year of shining at the awards ceremony.
The company received an award in the category of Large Manufacturing Food Businesses for its “Strong Commitment to Food Safety.”