After about a year of construction, SGS opens a new laboratory building at its Hamburg Bergedorf site. Since 2003, SGS has operated one of the largest laboratories in Germany for microbiological and chemical analyses of food, agricultural raw materials and animal feed.
So far, the 150 or so food experts, scientists and laboratory technicians at SGS in Hamburg have checked up to 300,000 samples a year from almost all leading manufacturers and retail chains for their quality, taste, undesirable contaminants and possible contamination. This also includes food and animal feed, which are awarded the seal of quality by the renowned SGS Institut Fresenius. Thanks to the increasing global demand for microbiological and chemical analyses, the capacities at SGS in Hamburg Bergedorf urgently needed to be expanded.
After a little more than a year of construction, this has now been achieved. With a total area of around 5,000 square metres, the special laboratory for food and feed is now one of the largest of its kind in Europe. The new building also created space for about 50 additional employees. "Thanks to the new building, we are now able to analyse over 30 per cent more chemical and microbiological samples for our customers from almost all food sectors in globally recognised quality," explains Dr Roy Hörner, laboratory manager of SGS at the Bergedorf site. The SGS laboratory in Hamburg is renowned worldwide and maintains a quality management system for testing facilities that is officially accredited according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. The accreditation covers more than 400 analytical procedures. Almost everything edible is analysed by the experts at SGS in Hamburg: From confectionery, chocolate, cereals, dried fruits, nuts, meat and sausages to tea, herbs, spices, frozen products and raw materials such as oils and fats.