Direct investment in food tests

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Manufacturers require more nutritional information as well as contaminant testing on food

Direct Laboratories is investing more than £100,000 in its food chemistry testing business to meet growing demand.

The laboratory testing company, formed through a management buyout from parent Adas in 2002, is investing in new testing equipment as well as increasing the number of employees working in its food chemistry team.

In addition to being able to offer its testing service to a wider client base, these investments will enable the lab to provide more specialised testing for vitamins, allergens, mycotoxins and trace elements, such as iodine.

Steve Revett, head of food chemistry at Direct Laboratories, says: "With increased pressure on food producers to prove the composition of their products, particularly with regards to their salt, fat and vitamin content, we are already experiencing an increase in the number of manufacturers requiring independent laboratory testing and analysis."

He adds: "We anticipate that demand will increase even further, so we are investing in this area to ensure that we will be in the best position to actively meet the business needs of these food companies."

The company, whose clients include Müller, Geest, Masterfoods and Tesco, is also introducing a LIMS system at the moment. It already offers a sample tracking service that allows customers to track the status of samples and display all the results from individual tests, even when the complete range of tests is not yet finished.

Contact: Direct Laboratories, Tel: 01902 743222

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