"Recognition as an approved laboratory by the MFDS broadens our service portfolio and enables us to continue providing superior service to our global customers." Heather Secrist, Genetic ID CEO
Fairfield, Iowa (PRWEB) June 05, 2013
The South Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) has designated Genetic ID NA, Inc. as a Foreign Official Laboratory for genetically modified organism (GMO) testing of food products exported from the United States to Korea. This designation allows a Genetic ID certificate of analysis to be substituted for GMO testing inspection at the Korean border for agricultural products, processed foods, health functional foods, and food additives.
The approval process for a Foreign Official Laboratory is rigorous and includes an application and document review as well as successful completion of an on-site visit to verify that the facilities, technical competence, processes, and quality systems meet MFDS requirements. Regular review of the laboratory technical and quality systems is necessary for renewal to be granted.
Facilitating regulatory compliance
Genetic ID NA, Inc.’s status as a Foreign Official Laboratory expedites the inspection process for food products at the destination port. When food products are imported into Korea, the laboratory test certificate issued by a Foreign Official Laboratory can be presented at the time of import declaration. In this case, an importer can be exempted from additional laboratory testing in Korea.
According to Dr. Heather Secrist, Genetic ID CEO, “We have a significant number of customers in the global agriculture and food industry so we’ve put extra attention on providing relevant services that facilitate regulatory compliance and expedite trade. Recognition as an approved laboratory by the MFDS broadens our service portfolio and enables us to continue providing superior service to our global customers. We’re proud to be able to offer testing for this export market and to be recognized for our technical proficiency and knowledge of regional market requirements.”
ISO 17025 accreditation
Since 1996, Genetic ID has provided the food and agricultural industries molecular biology and microbiology based testing in the areas of:
- GMO detection
- Animal and plant species detection
- Food pathogen detection
- Food authenticity testing
Genetic ID was the first commercial laboratory in North America to offer PCR-based analysis of GMOs in food and agriculture and has been ISO 17025 accredited since 2000.
Genetic ID’s Global Laboratory Alliance
Services are available worldwide through Genetic ID’s Global Laboratory Alliance (GLA), a growing network of expert laboratories that provide uniform standards of excellence in testing and contract research. GLA labs help food producers and exporters accurately test products both before and after export, thus minimizing risks of refused shipments and facilitating trade and regulatory compliance. Together with Genetic ID’s corporate-owned laboratories in the U.S. and Germany, the Global Laboratory Alliance has become a powerful force serving the food and feed industry.
For more information contact Genetic ID in the United States.
Genetic ID NA, Inc
504 North 4th St
Fairfield, Iowa 53556 USA