SGS’ new Pesticides Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) Laboratory in Mombasa, Kenya was officially opened last week during a ceremony hosted by Albert Stockell, Managing Director, SGS Kenya Limited, and attended by government officials and local dignitaries including, Dr. Johnson Irungu, Director of Crops Management, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries.
Kenya operates in a global market and its horticultural industry is part of the extended global supply chain, where adherence to global food safety standards is paramount. Equipped with state of the art LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS systems which can achieve detection levels as low as 5 PPB, SGS’s Mombasa laboratory now has the capability to test 451 compounds, all validated according to SANCO criteria and therefore meeting EU standards, making it possible for SGS Kenya to test vegetables and fruits for export to the EU. This investment also opens the door to other quality sensitive markets such as the USA, Japan and Korea.
“This is a landmark event for both SGS and Kenya’s agriculture industry at a time when the horticultural industry is pressing hard for a technically advanced, full scope, fast and reliable analytical service to support both local monitoring programs and export quality analysis,” said Mr Stockell, Managing Director, SGS Kenya. “We have assembled an excellent technical team and embarked on an intensive training program for our chemists, some of whom spent several weeks at the SGS overseas R&D centers to undergo hands-on training.”
In addition to the lab’s ISO 17025 accreditation, it recently has been re-assessed by Kenya’s Pest Control Products Board (PCPB) and currently is the only private lab in Kenya designated for pesticides residue analysis for the registration of pest protection products.
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