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To Our Valued Customers:
As the Holidays are now upon us and the end of the year is drawing near, I would like to, on behalf of myself and the entire OMIC USA family, thank you for your business over this past year. We are all grateful for the continued opportunity to provide you with our analytical services.
I will begin by, first, introducing myself as your new Technical Sales Representative. My name is Eric Coultas and I am proud to have joined the OMIC USA family in 2011. As for my background, I have a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Oregon State University with additional studies in Chemistry and Genetics and sales experience in the health care industry. Moving forward into 2012, I look forward to meeting with each of you and continue to improve the way that OMIC meets your analytical needs.
2011 was very busy here at OMIC USA. With the ever changing market, we have continued to add to our analytical arsenal and we are staying proactive as we keep abreast of the ongoing regulatory changes. With the passing of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) last January the FDA has mandated that all testing be performed by an accredited analytical laboratory. For their part, the FDA accreditation program is in its infancy and is not scheduled to be complete until January of 2013. At OMIC USA, we are already making the necessary updates to our quality systems. This includes the expansion of the scope of our ISO 17025 accreditation, and doubling the number of our proficiency testing programs (an additional $10,000 investment). We look forward to continuing to be your resource and a partner as the food and agricultural community goes through these far reaching changes.
Among the many updates that have come about in this past year: we have added “real time” Polymerase Chain Reaction (rt-PCR) detection of microbial pathogens, we purchased another UPLC-MSMS for our residue laboratory, we’ve continued the expansion of our pesticide residue library (now in excess of 870 compounds!), and added a number of new events to our GMO detection capabilities. Also worth noting, as an addition to our value as your exporting resource, one of our chemists had the opportunity this fall to train in Korea in a KFDA laboratory. It was an invaluable opportunity for us to gain information and clarify the specific analytic requirements of the KFDA.
Some of you may recall from the update last year, our purchase of a new Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) in December 2010. Development and implementation of our new LIMS is moving full speed ahead. It is an exciting time as we are learn the system’s capabilities and customize it to best fit our needs. For your end, the most important benefit you will see is the ability to securely access your sample status and results from our website. Our target is summer of 2012, so look for updates as that time approaches.
I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Holiday Season, I look forward to working with all of you in the coming year. If you have anything that you would like to share, we always welcome your comments and feedback as we strive to provide excellent quality analytical services.
Thank you and warm regards,
OMIC USA Inc. Technical Sales Representative
For Immediate Release
Contact: John Lupean, Lab Manager
Phone: 503-223-1497 ext: 13
A Fresh Look At Food Safety
Oregon-based food safety laboratory adds new testing that simplifies the sometimes-confusing world of food quality and consumer safety.
PORTLAND, Oregon – April 5, 2010 - Amidst the recent media hype around foodborne illness and massive product recalls, one analytical laboratory is taking a stance to shed new light on the often confusing and little known world of food testing and safety. OMIC USA Inc., an industry veteran that has helped deliver safe products to the world market for over a decade, is determined to heighten awareness of food safety issues among producers and consumers alike.
In response to an increasing number of food recalls and growing concerns among consumers, OMIC USA Inc. has added additional offerings to its strong lineup of tests to meet consumer demand. These new areas of testing now include 1) allergen testing for soy, wheat, dairy, peanuts, and tree nuts, as well as 2) PCR-based microbiological testing to ensure safer consumer products.
OMIC USA Inc. has a long history of fighting on the front lines of consumer safety and is the recipient of analytical certifications from highly respected international organizations. Specializing in Pesticides and Herbicides, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), Microbiology, and Nutrition testing, the company has helped countless farmers, processors, and packagers deliver safe food to tables in more than a dozen countries.
“Understanding how food safety works doesn’t have to be difficult,” explained Mathew Ladd, Sales and Marketing Representative for OMIC USA Inc. “People just need a good source that is simple to use and interact with. We’ve spend months listening to client needs and developed a great resource with our new website that addresses many concerns about getting commercial products tested.”
Food testing encompasses all areas of supply, from farmers to major brand retailers selling processed products. In all cases, there is a need to practice safety measures that ensure consumers are receiving the safest goods available. Independent testing laboratories like OMIC USA Inc. are imperative for making such practices possible and for maintaining a higher standard of accountability that is important for every producer.
About OMIC UCA Inc.
Offering analytical food testing since 1992, OMIC USA Inc. is an independent analytical testing laboratory comprising leading scientific minds and state-of-the-art instrumentation for detection and reporting of potentially harmful contaminants. To learn more about food safety and practices, certifications, or general information, please visit our website at www.omicusa.com or contact us by phone at 503-223-1497.
OMIC USA Inc.
3344 NW Industrial St., Portland, OR 97210