SGS opens new microbiological testing laboratory in SA

SGS has spread its South African wings and recently opened a new ISO/IEC 17025-accredited testing laboratory in Centurion, Gauteng.….

“We are delighted to announce that we have opened a brand-new ISO/IEC 17025 accredited microbiological testing laboratory in South Africa, located in Centurion, a suburb of Pretoria. This increases our food safety testing capabilities in South Africa, complementing the services provided by our existing agriculture and food laboratory in Maitland, Cape Town,” says the company.

The SANAS and ISO/IEC 17025-accredited testing laboratory offers pathogen, hygiene indicator and functional food testing capabilities. The current testing range covers basic microbial/pathogen testing for food, feed and environmental samples (water and swabs).

It currently boasts six permanent members of staff and five support staff, supported by the SGS management team based in the Maitland, Cape Town laboratory.

This is the first phase of a three-year growth plan for new laboratory with continuous improvements planned to improve turnaround time for test results.

The new Centurion laboratory furthers SGS’s food and water safety testing capabilities throughout the northern region of South Africa, with its lab in Cape Town servicing the southern region.

The ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory in Cape Town has been operating for over 12 years. It is staffed by 40 laboratory technicians, analysts and operational managers, and offers 53 accredited chemical and microbiology food testing methods, with 16 approved technical signatories.

“Safety and quality are critical factors in the food value chain, influencing every foodbev business’s viability and the marketability of products. Partner with our highly qualified analysts and industry experts to ensure your products meet client expectations and the requirements set out by governments and global accreditation bodies,” says the company.

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About SGS: The world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company. It is recognised as the global benchmark for sustainability, quality and integrity. Its 98,000 employees operate a network of 2,650 offices and laboratories, working together to enable a better, safer and more interconnected world.