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SGS Laboratories Across Three Continents Gain Approval to Provide Glyphosate Residue Free Testing

June 15, 2020

SGS is pleased to announce approval by The Detox Project for its laboratories across three continents to offer testing for their Glyphosate Residue Free certification program.

This approval comes at a time of increasing global demand for glyphosate testing and aims to make it easier for farmers, suppliers and manufacturers around the globe to access testing services against The Detox Project’s standard.

SGS’s state-of-the-art, ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratories in Germany (Berlin), Turkey (Istanbul), Portugal (Lisbon), Ukraine (Odessa), USA (Brookings/SD), Canada (Vancouver), India (Chennai), South Korea (Uiwang) and Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh) are now approved to provide testing against The Detox Project’s standard; with laboratories in Asia (Colombo and Taipei) and South America (Lima) expected to secure approval soon.

Glyphosate Residue Free certification verifies that ingredients or final food and supplement products do not contain the world’s most used herbicide, down to the European Union’s default Maximum Residue Limit for pesticides of 0.01 mg/kg (10 ppb).

Henry Rowlands, Director of The Detox Project, stated: “We welcome SGS on board as an approved testing provider. At a time of increasing global demand for glyphosate testing we want to support farmers, ingredient suppliers and brands around the world to gain Glyphosate Residue Free certification, especially in locations where it is currently difficult to find testing services accredited against our standard.”

Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in the world; its use has increased sharply over the last two decades with the introduction of GMO crops and pre-harvest spraying (desiccation) on some conventional crops. However, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans” and linked it to Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, whilst the California Environmental Protection Agency has added glyphosate to the Prop 65 list of carcinogenic chemicals. A growing number of countries are banning its use.

Anna Theil-Gangl, SGS Vice-President for Global Food Compliance & Analytics, said: “Through our worldwide network of laboratories, our skilled technicians are best placed to develop and deliver the highest standards of food testing and certification services. The Detox Project is working hard to protect consumers by encouraging transparency in the food and supplement industries about toxic chemicals and we look forward to supporting them in their ambitions.”

For more information, please contact:

Anna Theil-Gangl
Vice President, Global Food Compliance and Analytics
t: +43 1 512 2567 8901

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