February 2015

LGC secures exclusive worldwide distributor deal for specialist marine biotoxins

LGC is delighted to announce that it has become the exclusive worldwide distributor of CIFGA’s specialist marine biotoxin standards and reference materials.

CIFGA is a leading producer of marine biotoxin standards and reference materials and this agreement enables current CIFGA customers to take advantage of LGC’s extensive logistics, supply and distribution capabilities.

Contamination of shellfish is a food safety issue and monitoring of these toxins is required. In addition, recent changes in EU legislation have resulted in a move away from animal testing to chemical testing of these toxins.

Liam Gormley, Food and Environment Product Manager, LGC, said, “Using reference materials is vital to ensure analytical testing is accurate, reliable and traceable. The broad range of marine biotoxin standards LGC can now offer through CIFGA means that more laboratories will have confidence in their results. As well as reinforcing LGC’s vision of science for a safer world, this partnership will improve the availability of these products to the scientific community and increase the safety of seafood for consumers.”

Severino Fernandez, Managing Director of CIFGA, said, “In 2010 CIFGA became the first company in Europe to develop certified reference materials (CRMs) of marine biotoxins. What was in the beginning a project to explore the potential use of marine resources has turned into a highly specialised R&D company capable of materializing this excellence in knowledge into marketable products to meet the needs and demands of the environmental and food security sector. This CIFGA-LGC partnership will allow supporting every laboratory within the global field of food safety, extending the availability of marine toxins standards to provide a greater certainty to consumers that their seafood and environment are safe.”