Chicago-based Mérieux NutriSciences Corp. reached an agreement to partner with Management Solutions of Virginia, Blacksburg, Va., by purchasing a majority share in its subsidiary, EMAP Holding LLC, an Orange, Texas-based provider of EnviroMap, acomprehensive and secure software solution for environmental monitoring.

“We are committed to providing our customers around the globe with innovative services that result in the production of safer, higher-quality products,” says Philippe Sans, president and CEO of Mérieux NutriSciences. “With the investment in EnviroMap, we are continuing to grow our organizational blueprint to provide our valued clientele with cutting-edge programs and services.”

“Food companies are utilizing EnviroMap’s state-of-the-art technology to meet their own internal standards and comply with increasing federal standards for preventive controls stemming from the Food Safety Modernization Act,” adds Jim Miller, president of Mérieux NutriSciences North America. “EnviroMapwill be a critical component in a suite of Mérieux NutriSciences’ environmental monitoring program services, including [our] public and custom education courses, in-plant consulting and testing.”

“Mérieux NutriSciences, formerly Silliker, was instrumental in defining guidelines for environmental monitoring programs during their genesis in the 1960s and ‘70s,” says Larry Bowman, president of Management Solutions of Virginia. “This ideal partnership brings together the technical know-how of a recognized industry leader in food safety and a progressive software solutions provider.”

EnviroMap is a cloud-based system for scheduling, submitting, recording and tracking microbiological environmental sampling procedures. It is fully integrated with Mérieux NutriSciences’ laboratory network, so environmental results are seamlessly and automatically updated in the software. It can also interface with other external data sources such as customers’ internal lab information management systems. All data is securely stored on an encrypted private cloud server.