The public health and safety organization that develops standards, tests and certifies products said the deal expands its scientific and technical capabilities in Europe and strengthens its laboratory network.
Erdmann Analytics, located in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany, specializes in analytical testing for the food, potable water, wastewater, dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industries.
This includes testing meat, produce, packaged foods, fruit juices, seafood, dairy, and pet and livestock feed.
The laboratory employs more than 170 people including food chemists, biochemists, food technologists, nutritional scientists, biologists and veterinarians.
As part of NSF’s Global Food Division, Erdmann Analytics will boost NSF’s services across the supply chain including agriculture, produce, processing, distribution, dairy, seafood, retail and restaurants.
Erdmann Analytics clients will gain access to NSF International’s laboratory network and technical resources in the US and other markets.
It will be known as NSF Erdmann Analytics and remain in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, being led by its existing management team of Dr Ralf Erdmann and Dr Thomas Wilke.
Expanded testing capabilities
Kevan P. Lawlor, NSF International president and CEO, said the deal expands testing capabilities and scientific depth in Europe and reinforces the commitment to protecting public health.
“Our ability to serve our clients globally is vitally important, especially as the food chain continues to globalize and expand and as new regulations such as EU food hygiene directives, the US Food Safety Modernization Act and other food safety standards are enforced worldwide.”
NSF International also bought Knight International Inspectorate in November last year to expand its food safety certification services in the UK and Ireland.
“Our services are the perfect complement to NSF’s excellence in providing certification, auditing and training services and breaking down regulatory barriers which allow us to better serve the needs of our clients now and following the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’s (TTIP) implementation,” said Dr Ralf Erdmann of Erdmann Analytics.
The acquisition also provides opportunities for European expansion of NSF International’s water, dietary supplement and pharmaceutical programs.