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Consumers purchasing and eating habits are changing – today, health, wellness and fitness are key drivers in the health food market.

Health drinks

Developing health foods can be a costly and time-consuming process. Our one-stop-shop solution can answer all your health food development questions, for:

  • Infant formula and follow-on formula
  • Food for special medical purposes
  • Functional food and nutraceuticals
  • Dietary and nutritional supplements
  • Specialist foods for sports nutrition
  • Total diets and meal replacements for weight control

Our interdisciplinary team of food chemists, microbiologists, regulatory specialists, auditors and inspectors expedite your development timelines, helping you cost-effectively bring consumer-friendly products to the marketplace.

SGS Health Food Solutions


Our global network monitors health foods through:

  • Pre-production hygiene inspections
  • Initial and during production checks/inprocess monitoring
  • Final random inspection (pre-shipment)
  • Container inspection/temperature monitoring and loading supervision
Testing and analysis

Raw materials, semi-manufactured and finished products – our testing and analysis services cover product properties, ingredients and enriching components. Furthermore, we can test whether products contain undesirable substances that endanger consumer health.

Our network of ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratories, equipped with cutting-edge technology and staffed by experts using the most up-to-date testing standards, we are your perfect test program provider. We offer:

Sensory and galenic analysis - Our sensory analysis services include consumer sensory testing for product development, as well as sensory assessment of food quality and taste. The professional sensory panels test for: color, taste, odor and texture.

Physical examination - testing for:

  • Appearance, tightness and inner surface condition
  • Count and size
  • Defects
  • Foreign materials
  • Granulation/particle size
  • Net mass and component parts verification
  • Temperature and pH
  • Weight and volume (gross, net & thawed)

Microbiological testing - classical and rapid testing for pathogens, spoilage and hygiene indicators. We perform microbiological testing for:

  • Stability analysis
  • Risk assessments
  • Detection of microbial contaminants
  • Defining parameters for finished products
  • Environmental monitoring

Residues and contaminants - we test for a wide range of restricted substances including:

  • Allergens
  • Animal and plant species identification
  • Antibiotic residues
  • Biotoxins: pyrrolizidine and tropane alkaloids (PAs and TAs)
  • Chlorate/perchlorate
  • Dioxins, furans and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Genetically modified organisms (GMO)
  • Heavy metals
  • Histamine
  • Indoles
  • Melamine and cyanuric acid
  • Mineral oil residues (MOSH/MOAH)
  • Mycotoxins
  • Packaging migration
  • Pathogenic microorganisms
  • Pesticide residues
  • Phosphate and polyphosphates, nitrate/nitrite, hydrogen sulfide
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)
  • Process contaminants (e.g. acrylamide, 3-MCPD, 2-MCPD, PAHs)
  • Quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC)
  • Solvent residues
  • Veterinary drug residues

All Species ID - analyze food for the presence of meat, fish, seafood, plants and microbes. All Species ID is a powerful DNA Next Generation Sequencing tool for food analysis, authenticity testing and the identification of ingredients, pathogens, allergens and adulteration.

Nutrition and composition - food nutrition analysis determines the nutritional content of health food products, supports product claims and ensures compliance. Our methodology recommendations ensure that any food nutrition analysis performed complies with the intended destination market(s). Our nutritional and composition tests include:

  • Proximate analysis
  • Fats
  • Carbohydrates
  • Food additives: colorants, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives
  • Lipo-soluble and hydro-soluble vitamins
  • Vitamin-like substances
  • Minerals & trace elements
  • Amino acids
  • Secondary plant substances
  • Nutritional values

Stability testing - customers expect long-life products and that you can verify its shelf-life. Specific test conditions simulate the conditions of your target markets with climatic and other influences and enable you to develop and optimize your products in a meaningful manner.

  • Validation of the product properties up to the expiration date
  • Testing against internationally recognized pharmaceutical standards
  • Controlled storage in climate chambers
  • Diverse climatic conditions
  • Test for photostability
  • Testing of product and packaging
Certifications and audits

Audits and certifications against industry, national and international regulations have an important role to play in today’s global business environment.

Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Standards:

  • BRC Global Standard for Food Safety
  • International Featured Standards (IFS)
  • Safe Quality Food (SQF)
  • FSSC 22000

Other certifications including:

  • GMP and HACCP
  • Gluten-free certification schemes
  • Halal Certification
  • ISO 22000, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS
  • Kosher Certification
  • Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody (CoC) certification
  • SGS No GE Ingredients Supply Chain Process Verification
  • SGS Non-GMO
  • Social responsibility schemes including UN ILO, BSCI, ETI/SMETA and SA 8000
  • Worldwide supplier audits based on individual requirements or based on SGS check lists

Customized audits - we are expert in combining the parallel requirements of many of the standards and can cover them effectively through a customized single audit. We can reduce audit time and operational disruption, as well as delivering savings in both management time and cost.

Technical solutions

Support, consultancy and training services across the food supply chain. With a world-wide network of industry specialists, we provide on and off-site consultant services, including advice on food regulations, composition assessments and additive evaluations, and assistance with declarations and marketability testing. Our experts also perform provide advice on differentiation between food and pharmaceutical preparations.

Food label reviews

Food label reviews ensure that food and food products comply with national and international regulations for labeling and content. Our food nutrition and labeling specialists can review labels against all relevant criteria, including:

  • Allergen compliance
  • Descriptive claims
  • Health and nutrient content claims
  • GMO/GE and “free from” labeling requirements
  • Identity statement
  • Ingredient labeling
  • Label layout
  • Net quantity of content statement
  • Nutrition analysis
  • Nutrition facts panel
  • Place and name of business
Label management systems

Our web-based tool developed for the management of food labeling compliance projects gives customers access to a secured environment to operate, manage and store all their food labeling tasks reviewed by SGS.

Why choose SGS?

We strive to deliver outstanding value at every step in your project by providing:

  • Rapid turnaround times
  • Technical assistance
  • Key account management
  • Customized service
  • Data management and reporting

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