SGS expands food testing capabilities in Chennai

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The advanced capabilities will help the agriculture and food industry combat fraud

SGS India has expanded its food testing capabilities with the launch of the Advanced Centre of Testing (ACT) at its laboratory premises at Ambattur, Chennai. The ACT provides specialized services for targeted and non-targeted detection of various contaminants, digital sensory analysis, and DNA based molecular solutions.

As food products progress from farm to fork, they can be vulnerable to fraud and contamination at various points in the supply chain. This requires strict surveillance to ensure integrity and quality of the food products when delivered to the customer.

The ACT deploys advanced scientific equipment to detect and identify compounds, characterize sensorial attributes, and identify organisms, with fast turn-around times and also allows retrospective data analytics.

Advanced Centre of Testing capabilities include high-resolution accurate mass spectrometry for targeted and non-targeted screening of agro-chemical residues, pesticides, contaminants, antibiotics, veterinary drugs, steroids, nitrosamines, hormones etc.; electronic nose (e-nose) and electronic tongue (e-tongue) for digital sensory evaluation with unbiased, precise organoleptic evaluation; and next Generation Sequencing technology (NGS) and Digital PCR to provide DNA-based and molecular-biology solutions for probiotic testing, halal testing, vegan testing, GMO testing, food adulteration, plant, meat and fish identification, allergens, and bacterial species identification.

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