SGS opened a new food microbiological testing laboratory at its Fairfield, N.J., headquarters location.

The 2,000-square-foot microbiological testing facility utilizes a robust information technology platform to offer food producers, manufacturers and suppliers a broad spectrum of testing services across every food category.

ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), the laboratory's testing services meet the highest standards for laboratory quality systems, accuracy, reliability and customer service.

"SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity, and we are thrilled to be expanding our global network of accredited food labs with this outstanding new facility on the U.S. East Coast,” says Michael Prinster, vice president agriculture and food. "Choosing a reliable, consistent testing provider is vital to an organization's success. We look forward to supporting industry partners from across the entire supply chain, delivering services that will protect brands, build customer trust and ensure rapid turn-around times for those looking to access new markets."

The new laboratory is able to provide rapid food microbiological testing for detection of food quality indicators and pathogens, typically within 2-3 days.

Food microbiological testing services include:

  • Food pathogen testing—DNA and protein-based detection methods
  • Rapid food microbiological indicator testing
  • Food hygiene testing
  • Access to a wide range of special microbial projects such as challenge studies, shelf-life testing and validation studies customized to client-specific needs.