Intertek expands with the Acquisition of EKO-LAB Laboratory (Poland) and provides extended range of food services in Eastern Europe
Intertek Group plc (Intertek), the leading international provider of quality and services to a wide range of industries, today announced its acquisition of EKO-LAB SP. z.o.o (EKO-LAB). EKO-LAB is a highly recognised testing laboratory that provides microbiological and chemical analysis services to the food, industry. It is the first private accredited laboratory in Poland, with an accreditation certificate no 381 issued by the Polish Center of Accreditation.
EKO-LAB’s testing services enable local food producers and local and international retailers to assess the levels of pathogens, bacteria and other microorganisms in food, to measure hygiene levels in food production lines, and to calculate the protein, fat and carbohydrate components of food and raw products and fodders. The laboratory also provides household chemistry and cosmetics analysis. Due to the central location of the laboratory near Plock, 130 km from Warsaw, it is able to offer clients a fast and customer-friendly sample pick up service across Poland.
Demand for expert food testing in Eastern Europe is increasing due to growth in food processing, manufacturing and production in Poland, Ukraine and Russia. In addition, EU regulation of food quality and safety continues to increase in response to food-related health crises and consumer concerns. EKO-LAB’s customers include food retailers, meat and confectionary companies.
Dr. Jochen Zoller, President of Intertek’s food services, said: “Intertek is pleased to acquire the expertise of EKO-LAB which expands our scope of services in the growing markets of Eastern Europe. EKO-LAB will complement and enhance our existing global food service offerings.”
Wanda Ewers, General Manager of EKO-LAB, stated: “EKO-LAB is thrilled to join the Intertek team and add to the international network, global solutions and the comprehensive range of services the Group offers in food and non-food streams. With the combination of our specialised services in Europe and Intertek’s expertise in audit, legal consultancy, inspection and certification, we are able to provide a complete package.”
Intertek has an expanding international network of expert food-dedicated facilities. Providing auditing and testing services in over 60 countries, Intertek supports the entire food industry and partners with clients through every step to their business process to enable their overall success in the market place.
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