SGS has launched a Weed Seed Searches service in Australia to help traders verify that commodities destined for export are not contaminated with weed seeds.

Weed seeds in grain shipment are undesirable, and in many cases banned. Weed seed searches can verify compliance to local regulations and ensure there will be no issues at the destination port of entry.

International grain trading requirements differ by country, but weed seed testing is mandatory to verify the quality of shipments and prevent the import of undesirable weeds and non-native species. China, India, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia are just some of the countries that require grain imports to be tested. Requirements vary, by destination country and by commodity, making expert testing indispensable.

SGS’s laboratory at Pinkenba, Queensland, in Australia, has received its formal report from the country’s National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) and now offers weed seed testing with accreditation pending.

Experts from SGS can sample a shipment, assess its weed seed status and, if appropriate, certify it to be within the proscribed limit. With NATA accreditation pending, this value added service means clients can ship grain secure in the knowledge of its compliance to local requirements.

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For further information, please contact:

Stuart Tanner
Business Development Manager
t: +61 (0)3 9574 3200

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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.