Chicago, IL, October 30th, 2017 – Mérieux NutriSciences is pleased to announce the geographical expansion of its testing capabilities in South Africa with the recent inauguration of a brand new microbiology laboratory in George, a key city from the Western Cape Province.
The new laboratory, which officially opened on the 24 th October 2017, marks Mérieux
NutriSciences fourth commercial testing location in South Africa and offers a wide spectrum
of SANAS 1 Accredited microbiological services to various industries in the Southern and
Eastern Cape regions
Valmé Stewart, Managing Director of Mérieux NutriSciences in South Africa commented:
“Our investment in a new microbiology laboratory has been in response to a noticed increase
in client demand for local testing services since the opening of our first George satellite office
back in 2011.” She added: “Over and above the microbiological services we are now able to
offer the region, our laboratory presence in George, which includes a dedicated sample
collection service, will mean reduced turn-around times and courier costs for our clients.
This, coupled with our existing training and hygiene audit services in the region, position
Mérieux NutriSciences as a one-stop- shop for industry in the Southern and Eastern Cape.”
Philippe Sans, President and CEO of Mérieux NutriSciences stated “I am especially pleased
to open this state-of- the-art laboratory that will enhance our ability in the region and is an
illustration of our significant investment plan in new capacities to the benefits of our
With a layout designed to maximize efficiency in sample flow, and a dedicated staff, the
George laboratory is a valuable addition to Mérieux NutriSciences worldwide network, which
today encompasses 7,000 employees and 100 laboratories across 21 countries.
About Mérieux NutriSciences: As part of Institut Mérieux, Mérieux NutriSciences is dedicated to protecting consumers’ health throughout the world, by delivering a wide range of testing and consulting services to the food & nutrition, agrochemicals, environmental, pharma and cosmetics industries. www.merieuxnutrisciences.com