Fit for Human Consumption Testing for the US Export Market
The Codex Alimentarius international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice outline the safety, quality and fairness of international food trade and are utilized by many exporters as a baseline for testing of internationally-shipped products. Countries and customers may have additional requirements based on country or locality regulations, product use, and other standards. Determining customer requirements is not always easy, but it is vital that companies ensure the proper testing prior to shipment.
SGS US analytical laboratories have expanded the scope of testing over the past three years to cover the export market’s increasing testing needs. The majority of export products require pesticide residue screens as well as heavy metals, physical purity, and microbiological testing. The pesticide residue screens usually require more than 200 different compounds to be examined, with some countries having very specific or extended requirements. Microbiological testing can range from food pathogen types (Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria) to seed health pathogens that may cause phytosanitary issues. Other common testing requirements include quality analysis (proximate, fatty acid profile), radiation, and genetic modification (GM) or specie identification.
SGS US Agricultural Services is able to provide all of these types of testing with one contact to our SGS Brookings laboratory. We strive to provide quick, accurate and diagnostic testing for the agricultural industry. The SGS Brookings laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited and provides information to our customers around the world 24/7 via password protected internet results and updates on sample processes.
Analytical Lab Manager
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Brookings, SD, USA
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