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Mérieux NutriSciences inaugurates
raw milk testing facility in South Africa

Chicago, IL, April 28th - Mérieux NutriSciences announces the opening of a raw milk testing laboratory in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. This new facility allows Mérieux NutriSciences better meet the clients’ expectations on the South African growing market.

From this purpose-built testing facility Mérieux NutriSciences offers raw milk testing right at the heart of the Dairy Industry in South Africa. Using state-of-the-art instrumentation Mérieux NutriSciences can rapidly measure and report Somatic Cell Counts (SCC), fat, protein, lactose, Total Solids (TS), Solids-non-Fat (SnF) and urea in milk. To further meet the Industry demand, Mérieux NutriSciences will shortly be expanding its services to perform culture testing of milk for the isolation and identification of pathogens. Antibiograms (disc diffusion susceptibility tests) will be performed to determine the sensitivity or resistance of pathogenic bacteria to various antimicrobial compounds.

Strategically located, the new laboratory brings together cutting edge equipment, highly qualified experts and a unique Quality Systems Program, which is standard across the Mérieux NutriSciences global network.

This state-of-the-art laboratory enhances our ability in the region to deliver raw milk testing and faster turn-around time which is a priority to our customers and one of the key deliverables for our new testing facility”, stated Valmé Stewart, Managing Director of Mérieux NutriSciences in South Africa.

This new laboratory reinforces Mérieux NutriSciences’ capacities in South Africa, which is now present in the country through its three laboratories in Cape Town, Midrand, and Jeffreys Bay, and its two regional Sales and Consulting offices in Durban and George.

To learn more about our Raw Milk testing capabilities contact
André Lambrechts at +27 82 066 0972 or

About Mérieux NutriSciences:
As part of Institut Mérieux, Mérieux NutriSciences is dedicated to advancing global public health by delivering a wide range of services to the food, nutrition and environment value chains. For more information on Mérieux NutriSciences, please see

Services Available
Microbiological testing
Chemistry testing
Consulting Services
(including Food Labelling Consulting)
Audit Services

We are pleased to announce that we have extended our scope of accreditation (SANAS; ISO17025) of our Chemistry laboratory in Midrand to include the following additional tests:
     Density (beverage products)
     Non protein nitrogen on Dairy Products
     Casein (by calculation) on Dairy Products

The following tests are also now offered locally:
     Full fatty acid profile (including trans fatty acids)
     Glycaemic Carbohydrates (by calculation)

We now no longer have to send your samples for these analysis to our network of Silliker laboratories in Europe as we are now able to test these in our Midrand laboratory as accredited methods.

Furthermore bringing these tests to Midrand also have the following benefits for all our customers:
     Faster results!
      – Samples no longer have to be shipped.
      – Faster release due to data automatically entered into our
         system from login to completion.
     Reduced costs
      – No shipment costs to Europe!
      – Competitive cost for local testing

Contact us


Monique Visser on +27 21 683 8436
or email Monique at


Merilyn Govender / Christa Buys
on +27 118054310 or email Merilyn/Christa
at /

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The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety was first published in 1998 and was known as the BRC Food Technical Standard and Protocol. The objective was to put in place necessary safety, quality and operational criteria for a food manufacturing organisation, in order that it could meet legal compliance and protect the consumer.

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The latest revision of BRC Global Standard, Issue 7 was published on 7 January 2015 and will come into effect on 1 July 2015. Issue 7’s development followed extensive consultation in order to understand stakeholder requirements and involved a review of evolving issues in the food industry.

The requirements of BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, Issue 6 have been extensively revised. Changes include:

Additional fundamental requirements
New clauses
More emphasis on:
     labelling and changeovers
A modular approach to certification
Grading criteria
BRC global markets aligning with GFSI programmes
Audit protocol.

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Implementation of BRC 7 Global Standard for Food Safety Requirements

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Duration: 2 days

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Duration: 5 hours

Conversion from Issue 6 to Issue 7
12 February Rondebosch
31 March Midrand
14 April Paarl
20 April De Doorns
Implementation of BRC 7 Global Standard
for Food Safety Requirements
12-13 March Citrusdal
15-16 April Paarl
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