Olymel unveils its in-house microbiology laboratory

ST. HYACINTHE, QUEBEC – Olymel LLC recently announced the opening of its new central microbiology laboratory.

The meat producer said its existing plant in Ange-Gardien, Montérégie, will house the new operations. Olymel said this facility is automated with equipment upgraded to PCR technology and licensed by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Five professionals will work permanently in the central microbiology laboratory under the supervision of Delphine Sene, director of food safety at Olymel. This new lab will focus on detecting primary pathogens such as Listeria and Salmonella and confirming product shelf life (best before date).

“By bringing previously outsourced analyzes and tests in-house, Olymel can develop its own expertise, shorten turnaround times and significantly reduce laboratory analysis costs across the business,” said Sylvain Fournaise, vice-president of food safety and technical services, research. and development at Olymel. “Now that this sector is internal, the laboratory will have the capacity to carry out more than 100,000 tests per year. This will give our company more autonomy to validate processes under the Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification obtained by all our factories, and our quality assurance management will be even more efficient.

The company said that even with the addition of the lab, it will still entrust the analyzes and tests required by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, or Olymel’s customers, to independent laboratories.

Olymel employs more than 14,000 people and has production and processing facilities in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.

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