New Bureau Veritas state-of-the-art microbiological lab
Bureau Veritas has unveiled its technologically innovative, state-of-the-art microbiological laboratory in Cape Town.
Designed and engineered to focus primarily on the food and agricultural sectors in the Western Cape, the M&L facility is an extension of the Johannesburg laboratory and serves to support customer needs and the fast-growing sectors in the Mother City and surrounding areas.
The automated facility will improve testing lead times and efficiencies of delivery, benefiting the customer by saving time during the manufacturing process and, thus, ensuring product safety and quality.
Testing results will now be traceable and reported automatically off the refined Laboratory Information Management Software systems.
It is an environmentally friendly, green facility, with waste being reduced by more than 50 percent, thereby contributing towards sustainable and socially eco-friendly operating practices.
“We are proud of our unique, state-of-the-art facility which houses new age equipment to enhance our technical offering. In our drive to get closer to our customers and provide a service that includes faster analysis time and traceable results which reduce human error, we see ourselves offering a unique solution in the marketplace – all under one roof,” says Joanne Barton, director of M&L Laboratories.
“Our accessible facility means we are in the hub of the Food and Agri centre in the country, eliminating the need to transport samples. The technology is sophisticated and highly accurate, meaning our clients will receive technically competent analyses from our highly skilled professional team in a shorter timeframe; thus adding value to their supply chain process,” she adds.
The innovative technology replaces the conventional testing methods currently utilised. The benefits of shorter timeframes are particularly useful when dealing with high-risk food such as fish.
In the agricultural sector, reduced lead times on testing for pesticides, aflatoxins, heavy metals and the like enhance product safety, ensuring the customer ultimately enjoys a safe and healthy experience.
Cosmetic and water testing will also be conducted in the new facility to ensure product safety and a longer shelf life.