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Ms Joanne Barton, Director M&L Laboratory Services, Bureau Veritas.
Ms Joanne Barton, Director M&L Laboratory Services, Bureau Veritas.

Bureau Veritas unveils state-of-the-art microbiological laboratory in Cape Town

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Issued by on-spot-communication - Nov 3rd 2017, 09:43

Bureau Veritas, the renowned international accreditation, testing and analyses global giant, today unveiled their technologically innovative, state-of-the-art microbiological laboratory in Brackenfell, Cape Town.  

The development marks the company’s investment and commitment to the country’s growth and development. Designed and engineered to primarily focus on the food and agricultural sectors in the Western Cape, the sophisticated facility is an extension of the Johannesburg laboratory and serves to support customer needs and the fast-growing sectors in the Mother City and its surrounds. The M&L Laboratory forms an extension of the Bureau Veritas Johannesburg facilities and extends the company’s national footprint.

The automated facility will improve testing lead times and efficiencies of delivery, benefiting the customer by saving time during the manufacturing process and thereby ensuring product safety and quality. Testing results will now be traceable and reported automatically off the refined Laboratory Information Management Software systems.

The facility is a proudly environmentally friendly green facility with waste being reduced by more than 50% thereby contributing towards sustainable and socially eco-friendly operating practices. Commenting at the launch, Director of M&L Laboratories, Ms. Joanne Barton said, “We are proud of our unique, state-of-the-art facility which houses new age equipment to enhance our technical offering. In our drive to get closer to our customers and provide a service that includes faster analysis time and traceable results which reduce human error; we see ourselves offering a unique solution in the marketplace – all under one roof. Our accessible facility means we are in the hub of the Food and Agri center in the country, eliminating the need to transport samples. The technology is sophisticated and highly accurate, meaning our clients will receive technically competent analyses from our highly skilled professional team in a shorter timeframe; thereby adding value to their supply chain process. Our customers are King!”

The innovative technology replaces the conventional testing methods currently utilised. The benefits of shorter timeframes are particularly useful when dealing with high-risk foods like fish, thereby enhancing food safety. In the agricultural sector, reduced lead times on testing for pesticides, aflatoxins, heavy metals and the like enhance product safety, ensuring the customer ultimately enjoys a safe and healthy experience. Cosmetic and water testing will also be conducted in the new facilities to ensure product safety and a longer shelf life.

The investment in the South African market marks the creation of jobs for technically skilled workers, microbiologists, and technical sales specialists. Bureau Veritas is poised to deliver the highest levels of service to its customers backed by Ms. Barton’s proven track record of technical competence and leadership skills. Under her guidance, the laboratory is well set to achieve its targets.

The headquarters for Bureau Veritas’ South African operations are in Johannesburg, South Africa with branches in Bronkhorstspruit, Rustenburg, Richards Bay, Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth.

Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC), delivering high-quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection and social responsibility. As a trusted partner, Bureau Veritas offers innovative solutions that go beyond simple compliance with regulations and standards, reducing risk, improving performance and promoting sustainable development. Bureau Veritas core values

include integrity and ethics, impartial counsel and validation, customer focus and safety at work. Bureau Veritas is recognised and accredited by major national and international organisations


 

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