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The breakdowns that occurred on the nuclear power plant Fukushima 1 in Japan as a result of the earthquake on March 11 and the consequent tsunami has generated anxiety all over the world. Facts of radioactive contamination of air, water and food products absorb public attention.

In this connection the SGS Laboratory in Rouen (France) has mobilized its team to be able to face the needs for radioactive analyses, especially on food and environmental media. The team is ready to face any flow of radioactive samples. Special importance is attached to sampling procedure and sample logistics.

The SGS Laboratory in Rouen has been accredited by COFRAC to measure radionuclides in food, feed and environmental samples. Besides, the SGS testing facility has been included to the list of laboratories approved by the Nuclear Safety Agency (ASN) of France to measure radioactive contamination in the framework of the articles R-1333-11 et R-133-11.1 of the Public Health Code. Namely, the accreditation scope includes analysis of alpha, beta and gamma emitting radionuclides, tritium and carbone 14.

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 64,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.