Food safety response centre

The Column

The Column, The Column-05-10-2010, Volume 6, Issue 8

Thermo Fisher Scientific has opened a global food testing laboratory in Dreieich, Germany.

Thermo Fisher Scientific has opened a global food testing laboratory in Dreieich, Germany. When a chemical contamination event occurs, the Food Safety Response Centre team will mobilize to develop the methods, provide the workflow instructions and recommend the equipment and supplies needed to allow food safety professionals to rapidly respond to the contaminant. According to the company, the centre is strategically located in close proximity to Europe's leading food safety research institutions and is equipped with both a wet lab for sample preparation and a state-of-the-art instrument lab complete with capabilities including liquid and gas chromatography and mass spectrometry.

"Identification and containment of food toxicity require a rapid response, otherwise the threat to human health and global commerce is magnified with each passing day," said Marc N. Casper, president and chief executive officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific, in a statement. "Chemical contamination in food is a growing and costly threat, including risks from environmental contamination and naturally occurring toxins. Our Food Safety Response Centre will be a valuable resource whenever food companies, governments and the people they serve are at risk."

For more information about the centre visit www.thermo.com/fsrc

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