ALS enters US food testing market

By Joseph James Whitworth

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The price of the deal was not made public. Picture: iStock
The price of the deal was not made public. Picture: iStock

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ALS has entered the US food testing market with the acquisition of Marshfield Food Safety for an undisclosed amount.

The testing, inspection, certification and verification company employs more than 12,000 staff in 70 countries.

ALS said the deal brought potential of future business opportunities in the US food market and increased growth and diversity in its range of capabilities to solidify ALS’s position in the provision of analytical testing and inspection services.

Marshfield Food Safety offers testing capabilities at on-site and off-site laboratories throughout the country.

It does pathogen detection with the Roka Atlas assay, liquid chromatography, including LC/MS/MS from Shimadzu, ICP/MS and ICP/OES from Agilent Technologies and gas chromatography, including GC/MS/MS from Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Roy Radcliff, CEO for Marshfield Food Safety (MFS), said he was ‘excited’ about the opportunities the acquisition will provide.

“Combining the strengths of the two organizations will allow us to expand and improve testing services. Providing our clients accurate and reliable results, which allows them to make good decisions, is very important to both organizations. The acquisition of MFS will create many synergistic improvements for our clients and the food testing industry in the USA.”

ALS said Marshfield has a rapid turnaround time which is a vital need in food safety testing.

Jim Klippel, ALS director of operations in the USA, welcomed MFS to the company.

“Entering the food safety testing market in the USA with the great people at MFS is something ALS can be proud of. They have a reputation of reliable data and on-time delivery, which is obviously very important to ALS.”

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