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The 13 question is whether outsourcing experiments or self built laboratories?

It is predicted that in 2019 the global food safety testing market will reach $15 billion in 2014 to 2019, the compound annual growth rate of 7.3%. between the Asia Pacific region is expected to become the food safety testing market in the fastest growing region. The food safety testing market growth is mainly due to increased demand for national food safety detection. In addition, the food safety and more attention, the global food manufacturers product recall, the growth of foodborne disease (such as Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Campylobacter), which increased government regulation is an important factor affecting the growth of the market. According to the survey Chinese and other developing countries food industry growth significantly and whole foods market continues to mature, in recent years, safety pay attention to these countries for chemical contaminants and supply chain gradually improved.

20 years ago, China was a bystander in the global food market. Today, as the world’s leading suppliers of food, China in a very important position, and can participate in the world food system. In recent years, although China solved a series of food safety issues, there are all kinds of chemical pollutants to the domestic production of goods the small food mislabeled, but the United States and the European Union (EU) food experts believe that food China food safety system transparency is the biggest challenge facing, so the implementation of food traceability and certification system, will have a major impact on the world industry stakeholders and consumers.

Development of functional food and organic food

According to statistics, the global food and beverage sales estimated at $7 billion, and is still growing. Especially China increase residents’ income and consumption, driven by the domestic and foreign market competition increasingly fierce, functional foods and organic products in the consumer are especially welcome.

In order to improve the health and disease prevention, consumers continue to shift to functional food and organic food, and manufacturers are also at a record pace launched has more innovation and market friendly products. It is estimated that the annual sales of functional foods and beverages is estimated at about $40 billion in.2013 years, the organic trade Association report the United States said organic food retail sales of $35 billion 100 million, an increase of 11.5%.

Chemical pollutants exceeded standard

For many consumers, chemical pollution is one of the most important issues of food safety. In the International Food Information Council (IFIC) 2010 survey, the chemical pollution in food (39%) is ranked in the bacterial contamination (44%) second major pollutants. After chemical pollution can be derived or generated by a variety of sources, including food processing (such as nitrosamines and acrylamide), environmental pollutants (such as pesticides, PCBs, heavy metals and dioxins), veterinary drug residues (such as anticoccidial drugs, antibiotics, clenbuterol and anabolic hormones), natural toxins (such as mycotoxins, plant toxins and marine biological toxins) and transfer from the packaging material (such as bisphenol A and 4- methyl two phenyl ketone).

The rapid growth of chemicals in the food chain is disturbing. The United States, Europe, Canada and other countries also continue to increase monitoring of pollutants may cause harm to people, and some of the provisions of the maximum content in food limited. At the same time, food companies are using innovative technology to reduce the chemical pollutants produced naturally in the product. For example, in some fried and grilled starchy foods, such as French fries, potato chips and so on can be detected in acrylamide, and long-term dietary acrylamide containing food will increase the probability of people suffering from cancer.

Is outsourcing of inspection items outsourced?

With the globalization of the food supply, FDA in this historic event, aware of the world exporters and importers, and the importance of supervision departments and laboratories and other industry stakeholders cooperate to combat food contaminants, food contamination is whether these microorganisms, chemicals or environmental pollutants in accordance with.FDA FSMA, to every 2 years in the assessment of food the main food borne pollutants, and according to the specific food matrix or products, to enact scientifically based standards. In addition, both at home and abroad approved to engage in appropriate sampling and analysis laboratories shall be approved by the regulatory agencies.

This raises the question of outsourcing or not outsourcing? Many food companies are considering this important problem. According to a survey of India Food Manufacturing Corp., 48% of respondents said they both internal testing, outsourcing to the laboratory. Just over 30% of the subjects said they were only through internal testing our laboratory technical personnel, nearly 18% of the respondents said they were detected using only outside of the laboratory, nearly 4% of respondents said that they were not internal testing, nor the samples sent to the outside of the laboratory for testing, but due to the requirements of FSMA, they will change.

Facing the complicated problems, food industry needs a new method to monitor suppliers in global information system and allow real-time access to data. A qualified laboratory can provide these important food companies can see the advantages of outsourcing.

Problems to be considered in outsourcing

The outsourcing does not apply to all companies, some companies have an efficient internal laboratory. As the statistics show, there are internal facilities, can use independent laboratory testing of an important part, this situation is very common. But in recent years, due to the authenticity of the increase of ISO content and the laboratory accreditation review to ensure that food company the quality of the test results and the laboratory, the outsourcing trend will continue to grow.

If you are not sure whether your experimental project is outsourced to the laboratory, the following is what you consider:

(1) is there a change in your sample flow (e.g. seasonality)?

(2) if you have many kinds of products, condiments? Whether to detect a lot?

(3) do you occasionally need to use capital intensive equipment (e.g., high pressure liquid chromatography)?

(4) is your location convenient for the use of the outside laboratory?

(5) do you need for your product, environment or condiments pathogen detection?

(6) do you need a staff to manage multiple internal laboratories?

(7) do you have any difficulties in finding, motivating and retaining qualified laboratory personnel?

(8) are your customers dissatisfied with the operation of the internal laboratory?

(9) do your major clients require you to use the outside laboratory to obtain the certificate of analysis?

(10) is your company uncertain business plan (such as downsizing, merging factories)?

(11) are you lack of confidence in the quality of laboratory test results?

(12) does your laboratory fail to meet regulatory and qualification requirements?

(13) is there a sustained increase in the initial cost and the ongoing cost of the internal laboratory?

If half of the answer is yes, or difficult to make a clear answer, then outsourcing the project to the laboratory is wise for your company

In the choice of outsourcing lab, you must consider several basic elements, including sample turnaround time, test time, quality system, operation cost, laboratory technician training, data or laboratory information management system (LIMS), good laboratory practices, laboratory accreditation, technology and customer communication.

Many chemical contaminants worrying and increasingly emerging microbial pathogens and let us know the importance of cooperation for laboratory and laboratory, rapid development, validation and implementation of new inspection techniques. For example, veterinary drug residues and melamine and other chemical pollutants are typically present in low concentrations in the sample, in a lot of food in the matrix is very difficult to detect. But the new technology breakthrough and combined with the existing methods, completed from the side flow transition to three quadrupole mass spectrometry, greatly enhance sensitivity, chemical contaminants can detect a large range of low levels of ppb. Also, the development of new microbial kit manufacturer DNA, RNA and phage display technology, efforts to reduce the results of the turnaround time, while maintaining the required sensitivity method and fast.

In the United States under the laws of FSMA, chemical and microbiological examination will remain an important component of the whole industry food safety management of the project. The food companies do not know the food safety under a problem will appear where, so use with world-class ability to contract laboratory is a viable business decision for food companies.

Friendly partners

From the results to report suspected on behalf of the customer and regulatory agencies to mediation, cooperation. The cooperation communication laboratory is a laboratory, set a clear goal, to establish a relationship with customers, to complete the whole process from the sample sample issued by the certificate of analysis. Through LIMS, dedicated customer service department and received technical training of the sales team to provide continuous test results time for customers, and actively respond to the crisis.

In today’s increasing awareness of food safety situation, the laboratory should provide more than cooperation such as laboratory analysis results. By examining the environmental data, to help identify and correct pollution factories costly. Ideally, the cooperation laboratory can also provide full service resources, including audit, consulting, training and other services.

The production of partnership based on trust and mutual respect. The ability of the response cooperation laboratory will work through understanding their customer business objectives, to improve customer experience, and establish a comprehensive project, to achieve the goal to make sure.



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