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SGS opens East Africa’s first agchem residue lab

Swiss inspection, verification and testing company SGS has opened a pesticide residue laboratory in Kenya. The laboratory is for testing residue levels, and is the first of its kind in East and central Africa, the horticultural business newswire, hortibiz, reports. It notes that the need for the laboratory had become pressing after an EU audit criticised residue levels in fruit and vegetables intended for export to the region. The laboratory is “equipped with state-of-the-art” LC-MS/MS and GC-MS/MS systems, which can achieve detection levels at 5 ppb and has the capability to test 451 compounds to meet EU standards.

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