FoodChain ID Testing, the global leader in GMO identification, announced that it has licensed its proprietary GMO testing technology to EcoCerta Analises Ambientais Ltda. (EcoCerta) in Brazil. As a licensee, EcoCerta will add GMO and species testing of agricultural and food products to its environmental testing portfolio. EcoCerta joins FoodChain ID Testing’s global network of GMO testing labs, known as the Global Laboratory Alliance (GLA).
According to Marcelo Rossato, President, EcoCerta will use FoodChain ID Testing’s GMO testing technology to detect genetically modified material (GM) in a variety of agricultural and food products. Mr. Rossato says European Union regulations on the import of GM crops require that reliable, standardized detection methods are available in order to enforce the regulations. “We chose FoodChain ID Testing because they are the industry leader in GMO testing technology,” says Mr. Rossato. “Our customers test on both sides of the Atlantic ocean and sensitivity, accuracy, and reliability are critical.”
“We are very pleased that EcoCerta has joined our Global Laboratory Alliance,” says FoodChain ID Testing CEO Dr. Heather Secrist. “This addition effectively expands our group of testing laboratories in Brazil and provides more testing options for our customers. Like FoodChain ID Testing, EcoCerta is committed to offering customers a broad range of services in the areas of food safety and authenticity. This partnership allows us to further develop the Global Laboratory Alliance into specialized technical centers of excellence around the globe.”
ISO 17025 Accredited
FoodChain ID Testing’s DNA-based, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology detects all commercialized genetically modified crops and precisely detects and precisely quantifies GM content in a wide range of raw crops, processed foods, and animal feed. In addition, FoodChain ID Testing has structured a rigorous quality system of controls, standards, and checks and balances to prevent analytical errors from occurring, thus ensuring the tightest security against false positive and false negative results. FoodChain ID Testing was the first laboratory to receive ISO 17025 accreditation for GMO quantitative and varietal screening. In order to ensure delivery of the same high level of quality in technical services to customers, EcoCerta has applied for ISO 17025 accreditation.
Ensures Standardized Testing Worldwide
EcoCerta joins FoodChain ID Testing’s Global Laboratory Alliance, a growing network of 17 expert laboratories that are providing uniform standards of excellence in GMO testing worldwide. GLA labs help food producers and exporters accurately test products both before and after export, thus minimizing risks of refused shipments and facilitating trade and regulatory compliance. Together with FoodChain ID Testing’s corporate-owned laboratories in the U.S., Japan, and Germany, the Global Laboratory Alliance has become a powerful force serving the food industry.