Global Quality Standards Programme furnishes Ghana Standards Authority’s labs with equipment

GHANA – Ghana Standards Authority’s (GSA) Pesticide Residue, Food and Drinks Laboratories has received a boost from the Global Quality Standards Programme (GQSP) which has furnished them with lab equipment and consumables. The Global Quality Standards Programme is a large-scale programme funded by the Swiss Confederation through the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to assist more than 10 countries worldwide to boost their competitiveness in 14 specific sectors. This forms part of interventions to expand the scope of…

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Mérieux NutriSciences expands footprint in dietary supplements industry, acquires Dyad Labs

U.S – Mérieux NutriSciences, a world leader in food safety, quality and sustainability, has announced the acquisition of Dyad Labs, an independent ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited contract laboratory, dedicated to the dietary supplements industry. This acquisition diversifies Mérieux NutriSciences’ service offering and expands its footprint in the US to better serve the dietary supplements industry. Mérieux NutriSciences is part of Institut Mérieux, a French Holding company that imagines and develops new approaches in the fields of diagnostics, immunotherapy, food safety and nutrition. “We are enthusiastic about having the talented team at…

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Neogen to build state-of-the-art genomic centre to improve livestock quality

AUSTRALIA – Neogen Australasia, a leader in genomics services, is transforming a former University of Queensland site at Bundamba into a state-of-the-art AU$ 11 million (US$ 7903885) genomics centre that will help local primary producers grow and breed the best produce and livestock for the market. The laboratory which is being built in Ipswich with funding from the Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund (AQIAF), is set to become the country’s most advanced animal genomics facility. Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick said Neogen will consolidate…

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Food authenticity testing market to reach USD 9,956 Million by 2028

GLOBAL – A report by Vantage Market Research has revealed that the increasing demand for accurate labelling and maintaining food quality in food industry is driving the food authenticity testing market which is projected to reach USD 9,956 Million by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 8.50% from 2021 to 2028. Vantage Market Research is a reputed company committed to providing high quality data and market research services in more than 20,000 emerging markets. The pandemic has affected most countries in the world, with severe impacts on the global economy…

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KEBS receives tools to augment reliability of test results

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has received certified reference materials (CRMs) in a bid to enhance quality control in analytical laboratory tests. Acting Chief Manager for testing services at KEBS, Tom Okumu described CRMs as highly characterized products with known qualities or properties. It is these properties, he added, that help in assuring the quality of results received from the laboratories. The CRMs are used for quality control in analytical testing laboratories to demonstrate and give assurance on reliability and accuracy of test results released by laboratories…

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UNBS to commence portable laboratory testing for select consumer products

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is set to start mobile laboratory testing for selected products authorized by the government of Uganda, in a bid to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises’ (MSMEs’) COVID-19 recovery and resilience. The products eligible for mobile laboratory testing include maize grain, maize flour and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). The development follows a boost of the UNBS Laboratory testing equipment  by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda(PSFU) under the PSFU/MasterCard Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Programme Project. The equipment is part of PSFU’s assorted…

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Kolkata India’s local government inaugurates laboratory to test for food adulteration

INDIA – The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), the local government of the Indian city of Kolkata has launched a state-of-the-art food laboratory for examining the quality of food and water, a move that will see the city become self-independent in matters of adulteration tracing. The civic body till date had to depend on central or private laboratories for examining the quality of food stuff. The world-class food laboratory has been put up on an area of 4,800 square feet where there is a microbiology section and room for modern instruments…

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India’s SGS launches new center with advanced testing capabilities, partners with V-label

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…

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UNBS unveils second round of Inter-Laboratory Comparison programme

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has unveiled its second edition of the Inter-Laboratory Comparison (ILC) programme and called upon laboratory owners and institutions to participate, to ensure accuracy of their results. The unveiling was done during an online stakeholder engagement organized by UNBS to encourage the industry to register and participate in the scheme. The Deputy Executive Director-Standards, Ms. Patricia Bageine Ejalu said that inter-laboratory comparisons are undertaken to verify that a laboratory provides correct results within the stated measurement uncertainty. She added that the need…

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FSSAI teams up with MoFPI to back micro-level entrepreneurs, launches 3rd National Food Lab

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry  of  Food  Processing  Industries  (MoFPI), to back micro-level food entrepreneurs and Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs). The MoU also aims to support Self Help Groups (SHGs) and producers’ cooperatives to improve the standard of their food businesses. “As part of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan, this step will help in making micro enterprises improve the quality of their food products and become competitive,” said FSSAI in a statement. Aatma Nirbhar Bharat…

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