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SGS has received accreditation from Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply for it's brand new, state-of-the-art, seed quarantine facility. Located in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo it supports the import of seeds for breeding and R&D trials for all major crops in Brazil.

SGS now offers independent and accurate phytosanitary analysis of seeds imported for research and development programs into Brazil. This service is tailored for breeding companies to support and speed up seed batch release. With extensive capabilities, and the latest equipment, this facility enables fast and efficient turnaround times for clients and facilitates their access to the marketplace.

The accreditation includes all major crops such as:

  • Corn (Zea mays)
  • Wheat (Tricuium aestivum)
  • Rice (Oryza sativa)
  • Soybean (Glycine spp.)
  • Barley (Hordeum vulgare)
  • Sugar cane (Saxxharum spp)
  • Cotton (Glossypium spp.)
  • Sunflower (Helianthus annuss)
  • Sorghum (Sorghum spp)
  • Watermelon (Citrullus lantus)
  • Peanut (Aracjhis hypogoea)
  • Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)
  • Melon (Cucumis melo)
  • Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea)

Seed research and development and regulatory programmes are highly dependent on the importation of seed and propagation materials from different regions of the world. The challenge for the industry is to ensure that this transit is completed safely, and without introducing destructive pests and diseases. Failure to do so can have devastating natural and commercial consequences. SGS’s new facility is designed to eliminate this risk by detecting, identifying, containing and eliminating pests such as insects, nematodes, fungi, bacteria, viruses, weeds and other organisms.

"The accreditation of our seed quarantine facility is a landmark for agriculture in Brazil. It is also a credit to the hard work and determination of all those involved in making this project a success," said Olivier Coppey, Executive Vice President of Agriculture, Food and Life, SGS. "This new facility will enable seed companies to import seeds safely, comply with Brazilian phytosanitary regulations, and contribute to the continuous development of Brazil’s Agriculture industry."


English Translation:

Published in Diário Oficial da União - Section 1
ISSN 1677-7043, page 3
No 5, Friday, January 8, 2016

Ordinance No 1, from January 7, 2016

The substitute secretary of agro-defense of the ministry of agriculture , livestock and supply , using the powers attributed by articles 13 and 45, Annex I of Decree No 8492 of 13th July 2015, considering the Normative Instruction No 16 of 29th December 1999 and object of the process 21052.006931 / 2014-90, decides :

Article 1: accredit the SGS Brazil quarantine laboratory, located at 201, Joao Leonardo Fustaino St., Industrial District UNINORTE, Piracicaba, São Paulo State, Brazil, as “ quarantine Level 2”, for the execution of quarantine of the following species: corn (Zea mays );wheat (Tricuium aestivum); rice (Oryza sativa); soybean (Glycine spp.); barley (Hordeum vulgare); sugar cane ( Sacharum spp); cotton (Glossypium spp.); sunflower (Helianthus annuss); sorghum (Sorghum spp); watermelon (Citrullus lantus); peanut (Aracjhis hypogoea); beans (Phaseolus vulgaris); melon (Cucumis melo) and cauliflower (Brassica oleracea).

Article 2: This Ordinance shall enter into force on the date of its publication.

Luis Eduardo Pacifici Rangel

Article 2

Published in Diário Oficial da União - Section 1
ISSN 1677-7042, page 11
No 10, Friday, January 15, 2016

Secretary of agro-defense


In art. 1º of Portaria Nº 1, of 7 of January of 2016, published in Official Union Gazette deS8 of January of 2016, Section 1, page 3, Art 1º, where it reads: maize (Zea mays); wheat (Triticum aestivum); rice (sativa Oriza); soy (Glycine spp); barley (Hordeum vulgare); sugar cane (Saccharum spp.); cotton (Gossypium spp.) sunflower (Helianthus annuus); sorgo (Sorghum spp. ); watermelon (Citrullus lanattus); peanut (Arachis hypogae); beans (Phaseolus vulgaris); cantaloups (Cucumis melo) and Cauliflower (oleracea Brassica), read: maize (Zea may s); wheat (Triticum aestivum); rice (sativa Oriza); soy (Glycine spp); barley (Hordeum vulgare); sugar cane (Saccharum spp.); cotton (Gossypium spp.) sunflower (Helianthus annuus); sorgo (Sorghum spp. ); tomato (Solanum lycopersicum); canola (Brassica napus); chili (Capsicum annuum) watermelon (Citrullus lanattus); peanut (Arachis hypogae); beans (Phaseolus vulgaris); cantaloups (Cucumis melo) and Cauliflower (oleracea Brassica).

Client Visits

Opened in December, prior to final accreditation, SGS’s new facility in Brazil has given clients a rare opportunity to visit such a center before it is locked down for quarantine purposes. Visitors met our team of experts, toured the state-of-the-art laboratories and learnt about the risks posed by non-native pests accidentally imported.

For further information, please contact:

Marcos de Ferran
Seed and Crop Manager
Rua João Leonardo Fustaino,
Piracicaba-SP / Brazil
t: +55 (19) 3052-2274
m: + 55 (19) 9 9370 5586

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world.