Olymel opens central microbiology laboratory in Canada

The lab will focus on listeria, salmonella detection
calendar icon 16 June 2022
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After a long development process, Olymel has taken a new step in improving quality control by setting up its own central microbiology laboratory, the company said in a press release. The existing infrastructure of its plant in Quebec will house the new entity’s activities. The Ange- Gardien facilities were automated and its equipment upgraded to PCR technology, which will make analysis methods even more efficient and increase information traceability.

The new laboratory’s analyses will focus on detecting primary pathogens like listeria and salmonella and confirming product shelf life. Already a priority in its operations, the company’s commitment to health, safety and quality is further cemented by this new initiative.

“By bringing previously outsourced analyses and tests in-house, Olymel can develop its own expertise, shorten turnaround times, and significantly reduce costs related to laboratory analyses across the company," said Sylvain Fournaise, Vice President, Food Safety and Technical Services, and Research and Development. "Now that this sector is in-house, the laboratory will have the capacity to perform over 100,000 tests per year. This will give our company more autonomy to validate processes within the framework of the Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification obtained by all our plants, and our quality assurance management will be even more effective."

Nevertheless, the company will continue to entrust analysis requests and tests required by a regulatory body like the Canadian Food Inspection Agency or Olymel’s clients to independent laboratories.

Olymel is a Canadian leader in the production, processing and distribution of pork and poultry meats. Its annual sales reach $4.5 billion.

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