SGS Brookings Attains NOPA Official Referee Laboratory Status and NFTA Accreditation
The National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) is a dedicated program that certifies labs for referee analysis of soybean meal quality during the purchase and sale of soybean meal. SGS Brookings is one of few labs in the US and Canada with this certification.
The NOPA was established in 1939 and represents oilseed crushers of soybean, canola, flaxseed, safflower and sunflower seed. The association sets quality standards and trading rules for soybean meal and other soy products. Upon transaction, quality deficiencies may arise between soybean meal buyers and sellers. Sellers may request that a reference sample be run by a NOPA referee laboratory to determine the soybean quality and claim settlement. SGS Brookings will use testing methods adopted by the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) as the official methods of analysis to determine moisture, protein, crude fiber, and oil in the referee samples.
Requirements for Official Referee Laboratories include an AOCS Approved Chemist on staff and satisfactory participation in a laboratory proficiency program. Angela Carlson, Analytical Lab Manager at SGS Brookings, is recognized as the approved chemist for the program. The laboratory applied for NOPA approval to better meet the needs of SGS customers in the United States and abroad. SGS Brookings is proficient in the use of AOCS methodologies for the analysis of soybean meal protein, fiber, fat and moisture.
The National Forage Testing Association (NFTA) is a joint effort of the American Forage and Grassland Council, National Hay Association and forage testing laboratories to improve the accuracy of forage testing among laboratories. Since its formation, reproducibility of lab results among laboratories has dramatically improved, and various lab methods have been reviewed and improved.
To be designated as Certified, labs are evaluated on cumulative BIAS TOTAL ACCURACY for all analyses (Dry Matter (DM), Crude Protein (CP), Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF), and Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF)) averaged across eight controlled samples during the process.
The NFTA accreditation highlights SGS as a global entity in feed, grain and forage analysis.
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