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The Mérieux legacy around the world

At Mérieux Nutrisciences, we leverage over 50 years of scientific and entrepreneurial expertise to answer food industry needs.

Today’s global challenges transform the way food is produced, marketed and consumed, which is why we know our clients need more than reliable analytical results; they need practical and innovative solutions that will contribute to make food systems safer, healthier and more sustainable.

From our initial expertise in microbiology and consulting, we have broadened our scope of scientific specialties into chemistry, education, certification, research, labelling, and sensory in order to offer a complete suite of services to meet our customers’ needs.

Today, we offer comprehensive solutions to support our clients, from product development to market suitability, while contributing to consumers’ health worldwide.

Present worldwide, we are more than 100 accredited laboratories and a team of over 8,000 committed employees.

We strongly believe that together, we can create solutions to offer our planet:


Read more about Mérieux NutriSciences and our legacy on our global website:

Our Locations in South Africa

Local Care. Global Reach.

In South Africa, Mérieux NutriSciences’​ facilities are located in Cape Town, Midrand, Jeffreys Bay, George and Durban and offer SANAS-accredited microbiology and chemistry laboratory services that operate seven days a week, 365 days per year. We also provide services in food and non-food label compliance in accordance with South African regulations, auditing services and specialised testing services. We have a unique mix of capabilities that provides our clients with a complete safety and quality offer, allowing a strong partnership with businesses to ensure the safety and quality of their products in many stages along the product lifecycle.

With a network of over 100 laboratories across Europe, North America, South America, Africa & Middle East, and Asia Pacific, we can support your global ambitions while ensuring you get rapid, reliable, repeatable, and impartial results from one location to another.

Our History in South Africa

1 January 1991

Creation of Swift Micro Laboratories (Pty) in South Africa


  • In 1991 Swift Micro Laboratories (Pty) starts trading in South Africa.
  • The company was one of the first and largest commercial testing laboratories in South Africa. 
1 January 2004

Swift expanded its Portfolio by Acquiring the CSIR's HACCP and Training Section


  •  By 2004, Swift is one of the largest privately-owned commercial food and product safety company in South Africa.
  • Swift Micro clients included food processors, retailers and food services. The farming, government and cosmetics sectors also rely on its analytical expertise.
1 August 2012

Mérieux NutriSciences Acquires Swift Micro Laboratories


  • In 2012, Swift Micro Laboratories announced an international joint venture with Silliker, a Mérieux NutriSciences Company.
  • A new brand name was launched on 1 August 2012, namely Swift Silliker (Pty) Ltd.
  • The company’s legal identity remained unchanged, as did the management team and staff.
1 January 2016

Swift Silliker officially began trading as Mérieux NutriSciences in South Africa


  • In 2016, Swift Silliker (Pty) Ltd celebrated 25 years in the industry and officially began trading as Mérieux NutriSciences in South Africa

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Working at Mérieux NutriSciences provides the unique opportunity to grow in a habitat that breeds excitement, provides sound science and services to our customers, delivers on our commitment to public health, and protects millions in the process.


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