Adisseo Obtains Cofrac Accreditation for its Carat Laboratory, Commentry, France

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Adisseo recently obtained Cofrac accreditation, the highest level of quality certification for analysis laboratories in France, for its Carat Laboratory in Commentry, France.

Adisseo recently obtained Cofrac accreditation, the highest level of quality certification for analysis laboratories in France, for its Carat Laboratory in Commentry, France.

The accreditation follows a year of modernization and an investment of $2.7 million, according to Frederic Anglade, Adisseo Head of Industrial Platform, Commentry, France.

Carat Laboratory installed cutting-edge analytical technology to meet the highest standards of excellence and quality. The laboratory contains 25 physical-chemical analysis centres with 20 high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) machines and 26 gaseous phase chromatographs (GPC). Some 50 scientists, engineers and qualified technicians in biochemistry, physics and biology are based at the laboratory. More than 100,000 analyses are done per year for vitamins, amino acids and enzymes.

The lab emphasizes quality, traceability, and speed of response. “We can respond to our customers in less than 15 days for vitamin and enzyme analyses in feeds or premixes,” says Richard Prime, Quality Control Manager, Adisseo. “Dedicated key performances indicators and a very careful organization of the operations’ teams have enabled us to guarantee this quick turnaround time.”

Microvit® Certification System

“We have also reinforced the role of our laboratory in our research and development programs, specifically in the areas of feed additive formulation, vitamin bioavailability and stability, amino acids and thermostable enzymes,” explains Jean-Marie Dollat, Senior Chemistry and Formulation Manager, Adisseo. These investments play a large part in the Microvit® Certification System (MCS) and contribute to its strength.

Created ten years ago, MCS undergoes continuous improvement to offer a systematic means of guaranteeing the quality of Microvit® vitamins from Adisseo wherever they are produced. Founded on 12 selection criteria covering production, distribution, product efficacy, information and services, MCS brings strict guarantees on the chemical and physical quality of vitamins, as well as their biological efficiency measured via in vivo tests at the Adisseo trial facilities.

“Our certification system must be irreproachable and answer to the highest level at every step from production to delivery,” assures Michel Jacquet, Purchasing and Supply Director, Adisseo. “For example, we employ quality experts from the pharmaceutical industry to regularly audit all production plants and carry out constant product analyses to guarantee conformity to specifications.”

To implement the Microvit® Certification System, CARAT Laboratory uses its expertise and equipment to enable efficient production, control and physical-chemical analysis of the vitamins, as well as control against undesirable substances so Adisseo can guarantee the quality of Microvit® products and feed safety to its customers.

About the Adisseo Group:

The Adisseo Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of nutritional solutions for animals. It designs, manufactures and markets four families of animal feed additives: Rhodimet®, an essential amino acid for monogastric animals (poultry, pigs, etc.); Metasmart® and Smartamine®, a unique methionine range for ruminants; Rovabio®, a multi-enzyme speciality which improves the digestibility of raw materials; and Microvit®, a complete range of vitamins.

Additionally, in 2007 Adisseo further strengthened its position in the field of sulphur products which are vital for the production of methionine.

In October 2011, Adisseo acquired Innov’ia, one of the European leaders in the design and contract processing of powdered and granulated ingredients for the food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals industries.

Through this transaction, Adisseo Group has strengthened its expertise in the formulation of additives, in research and development and in industrial transfer.

Worldwide, Adisseo Group employs 1,400 people, has five research and development groups and seven production facilities in France, Spain and the United States. Its global distribution network covers more than 2,500 clients in more than 100 countries. In 2010, the group's turnover exceeded €1 billion ($1.5 billion USD).

Adisseo Group is one of the main subsidiaries of China National BlueStar, a key player in the chemical industry in China with 27,000 employees and a turnover of 5.2 billion euros.

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