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ILC acquisition closes geographical gap in portfolio – SGS

SGS did not reveal the price of the deal. Picture: iStock

SGS has acquired an independent laboratory that specializes in microbiology and food chemistry testing services.

ILC covers the analysis of raw food materials, finished products, pet food and environmental swabs for the food manufacturing industry.

The company, which was privately owned, generated revenues of more than CAD1.3m in 2016.

It works with manufacturers and distributors to assist new products to reach the larger consumer market.

"ILC has been committed to helping customers address compliance issues and growing consumer demand for better information on food produced for human and animal consumption, so we are excited about this move that strengthens our microbiology and food chemistry testing services," said Don Slobodzian, VP of SGS' Agriculture and Food division.

ILC has testing scope accredited by the Standards Council of Canada to ISO/IEC 17025 for companies requiring third party verification via Certificates of Analysis performed by an accredited laboratory.

"This acquisition closes a geographical gap in our testing portfolio and allows us to serve clients with a full service offering for food safety testing in Canada," said Frankie Ng, CEO of SGS.

With more than 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of more than 2,000 offices and labs globally.

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