Chicago-based Silliker Inc., a subsidiary of Merieux NutriSciences Corp., has opened a lab for food safety and quality testing in Queretaro, Mexico.
The 1,300-square-meter facility offers microbiological, shelf life and sensory testing for fresh produce exported to the U.S., among other services.
It joins existing facilities in Guadalajara and Mexico City. Silliker works with nine of the top 10 shippers in export markets that include avocados, berries, lemon, lettuce, broccoli and mangoes, said Pamela Vennin, vice president of corporate communications for France-based Merieux NutriSciences.
“We are working with our customers on a global service program for export, providing scientific services not only for analysis but also for regulatory issues, training and education,” Vennin said.
The lab is open 24 hours daily and seven days weekly.
For pesticide residue testing, the company has started with a list of 300 pesticide molecules and can quickly expand that as client needs arise, Vennin said. Merieux NutriSciences has more than 70 labs in 18 countries.
More than 150 food industry representatives, researchers and regulators attended scientific forums and lab tours at an Oct. 16 grand opening.
The Queretaro lab also offers:
- nutritional chemistry testing for composition and nutritional labeling; and
- DNA-based technology and services.