NSF International Acquires Seafood Testing Company13 February 2013
GLOBAL - NSF International, an independent global public health and safety organisation which develops standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and health sciences industries, has acquired the INASSA Group of Lima, Peru, which is comprised of three segments: technical analysis, laboratory and sanitation.
Founded in 1981, collectively the NSF-INASSA Group is a leader in the Peruvian market in quality control, analytical testing, certifications, inspections, training and consulting. The NSF-INASSA Group provides services across the seafood, fish meal, pharmaceutical products, drinking water and mining sectors, and also works closely with regulators and government agencies. The NSF-INASSA Group employs over 220 scientists, auditors and environmental health professionals.
NSF International (www.nsf.org), which has existing offices in Peru, Chile, Brazil, Mexico and Costa Rica, will make NSF-INASSA Group its primary Latin American base for the full range of laboratory testing and technical services that NSF provides for the food, water, pharma and seafood sectors. Carmen Catter and Luis Bueno, founders of the INASSA Group, continue in their leadership role as General Managers of the NSF-INASSA Group.
“NSF-INASSA’s, NSF-Envirolab’s and NSF-Servisanea’s excellent reputation in both national and international markets for testing accuracy, turn-around time and customer service is a perfect complement to NSF International’s independence and integrity,” said Mrs Catter. “Together, we will continue to help improve food and environmental safety and quality in Latin America.”
This acquisition expands NSF International’s reach in Latin America to include NSF-INASSA Group’s established seafood and pharma markets. Both NSF and INASSA Group clients benefit, as NSF’s global clients will now have access to INASSA Group’s fish/seafood and pharma services, and INASSA Group’s clients will gain access to NSF’s wider range of pharma, seafood and other services. It also provides additional laboratory services for NSF customers from this expanded presence in Latin America.
Fish Meal, Fish Oil and Seafood Services. NSF-INASSA Group’s 30 years of expertise in fish and seafood inspection, sanitation, container fumigation and analytic services complements NSF’s global seafood programs, which include NSF Seafood operations in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
In addition to its analytical services, NSF-INASSA Group established NSF-Servisanea to provide fumigation and general sanitation for property, buildings, cleaning tanks and cisterns as well as to offer sanitation consultation and training. NSF-Envirolab was created to perform water, soil and air analysis as well as environmental impact studies, statements and analysis. NSF-INASSA Group is also approved to provide several types of audits for the fish/seafood industry, including fish meal and fish oil plants (IFFO-RS) and chain of custody (CoC IFFO) standards. NSF-INASSA Group is authorized on behalf of Product Authentication International (PAI) to provide Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (FEMAS) audits and is the only business accredited in Peru to certify fish meal, fish oil and other feed ingredients exported to the EU.
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