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OMIC USA Granted KFDA Accreditation in GMO Testing Field

Korea Food & Drug AdministrationMarch 29, 2012 — The Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) has accredited analytical laboratory OMIC USA Inc. in the field of genetically modified organism (GMO) testing as per a communiqué received from the KFDA on March 29, 2012. This certification is the culmination of a two-year approval process that began in 2009 and included two on-site audits performed by the KFDA. OMIC USA Inc. now boasts the ability to issue KFDA-accredited GMO certificates to companies and individuals exporting food and feed products to the Republic of Korea.

OMIC USA Inc. in 1999 became the first private U.S. laboratory to be approved by the Korean Food & Drug Administration to test for pesticide residues; this scope was broadened in 2008 to include testing and certification in the fields of nutrition, food supplements, and vitamins.

The benefit of OMIC USA’s new scope of accreditation is twofold: 1) U.S. exporters can now rest assured that their cargo will be accepted at South Korean ports of entry because KFDA standards have been met, and 2) Korean consumers will have peace of mind knowing that their food products are safe and compliant with Korean GMO labeling standards.

The DNA/GMO laboratory at OMIC USA operates under ISO 17025 quality management systems in GMO testing under the leadership of Dr. Chong Singsit, Ph.D., a transgenic research and GMO testing veteran with twenty years of experience. As an additional asset OMIC USA has a Korean analytical chemist, Seong Rai Cho, M.S., who is a native speaker and has trained in a KFDA-affiliated laboratory in Seoul, South Korea.

2011 AACC International Annual Meeting in Palm Springs

2011 AACC International Annual Meeting in Palm Springs

OMIC USA Inc. recently participated in the annual meeting of the American Association of Cereal Chemists International. The company was represented by DNA laboratory manager Dr. Chong Singsit and technical sales representative Eric Coultas, who attended the show from October 15-19.

The Annual Meeting focuses on seven “key scientific initiatives” that provide members with relevant information, strong scientific content, and significant opportunities for disseminating research findings in an effort to increase the quality of research.

Those key scientific initiatives are:

  • Analytical methods & quality
  • Biotechnology & sustainability
  • Cereal & polymer chemistry
  • Engineering & processing
  • Food safety & regulatory
  • Health & nutrition
  • Ingredients & cost of goods sold

Singsit and Coultas are looking forward to next year’s meeting, which will be held in Hollywood, Florida.

Written by systech.usa

December 8th, 2011 at 10:50 am

A Fresh Look At Food Safety

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 or contact us by phone at 503-223-1497.

3344 NW Industrial St., Portland, OR 97210
Phone:  503-223-1497
Fax: 503-223-9436