SGS Health Food Solutions - Quality, safety and efficiency

SGS is the world's leading testing, inspection, verification and certification organisation. We offer a comprehensive range of specialist capabilities to support manufacturers and retailers of: infant formula and follow-on formula, food for special medical purposes, functional food, food supplements, specialist foods for sports nutrition, and total diets and meal replacements for weight control

SGS's interdisciplinary team of food chemists, microbiologists, regulatory specialists, auditors and inspectors will expedite your development timelines, helping you cost-effectively bring consumer-friendly products to the marketplace.


Our global network has capabilities to monitor health foods in the following ways: pre-production hygiene inspections, initial and during production checks, final random inspection (pre-shipment), container inspection/temperature monitoring and loading supervision.

Analytical services

SGS provides a comprehensive range of analytical services to test your raw materials, semi-manufactured and finished products. With a network of ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratories, equipped with cutting-edge technology and experts using the most up-to-date testing standards, we are your perfect test programme provider. Our laboratories can analyse your products against national and international standards (GB, AOAC, §64 LFGB, DIN, USP, etc).

Sensory and galenic analysis

Our sensory analysis services include consumer sensory testing for product development, as well as sensory assessment of food quality and taste. The professional sensory panels test for: colour, taste, odor and texture.

Physical examination

The scope of our physical testing services includes appearance, count and size, defects, foreign materials, granulation/particle size, temperature and pH, weight and volume.

Microbiological testing

Our food microbiological analysis services include classical as well as rapid testing for pathogens, spoilage and hygiene indicators. We perform microbiological testing for stability analysis, risk assessments, detection of microbial contaminants, defining parameters for finished products and environmental monitoring.

Residues and contaminants

Our experts will ensure your ingredients and products are free from harmful substances, such as allergens, dioxins, furans, PCBs, pesticide residues, tropane alkaloids, mineral oil residues (MOSH/MOAH), mycotoxins and heavy metals.

Nutrition and composition

Food nutrition analysis determines the nutritional content of food and food products, supports product claims and ensures compliance. Our nutritional and composition tests include:

  • Proximate analysis - moisture, fat, protein, ash, carbohydrates, proteins (regular, nitrogen, amino acid profile)
  • Fats - saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, trans, fatty acid profile
  • Carbohydrates - acid detergent fiber (ADF), neutral detergent fiber (NDF), beta glucan, crude fibre, total dietary fibre (TDF), starch, polysaccharides
  • Food additives: colorants (natural and synthetic dyes), flavours, sweeteners and preservatives
  • Lipo-soluble and hydro-soluble vitamins
  • Vitamin-like substances
  • Minerals and trace elements
  • Secondary plant substances (identity, purity and content)
  • Nutritional values.

All Species ID is our powerful DNA next generation sequencing tool for authenticity testing and identification of ingredients, pathogens and allergens.

Stability testing

Customers expect long-life products and that you can verify its shelf-life. Specific test conditions simulate the conditions of your target markets with climatic and other influences and enable you to develop and optimise your products in a meaningful manner. We offer:

  • Validation of the product properties up to the expiration date
  • Testing against internationally recognized pharmaceutical standards
  • Controlled storage in climate chambers
  • Diverse climatic conditions
  • Testing for photostability
  • Testing of product and packaging.

Meeting the standard

Audits and certifications against industry, national and international regulations have an increasingly important role to play in today's global business environment.

Global Food Safety Initiative (GFS) standards:

  • BRC Global Standard for Food Safety
  • International Food Standard (IFS)
  • Safe Quality Food (SQF)
  • FSSC 22000

Other certifications including:

  • GMP and HACCP
  • Gluten-free certification schemes
  • Halal Certification
  • ISO 22000, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS
  • Kosher Certification
  • SGS No GE Ingredients Supply Chain Process Verification
  • SGS Non-GMO
  • Social responsibility schemes including UN ILO, BSCI, ETI/SMETA and SA 8000.

We are expert in combining the parallel requirements of many of the standards and can cover them effectively through a customised single audit. We can meet your organisation's specific needs, reduce audit time and operational disruption, as well as delivering savings in both management time and cost.

Technical solutions

With a world-wide network of industry specialists, we provide on and off-site consultant services, including training, advice on food regulations, composition assessments and additive evaluations, and assistance with declarations and marketability testing. Our experts also provide advice on differentiation between food and pharmaceutical preparations.

Food label reviews

Food label reviews ensure that food and food products comply with national and international regulations for labeling and content. Our nutrition and labeling specialists can review labels against all relevant criteria, including:

  • Allergen compliance
  • Descriptive claims
  • Health and nutrient content claims
  • GMO/GE and "free from" labeling requirements
  • Identity statement
  • Ingredient labelling
  • Label layout
  • Net quantity of content statement
  • Nutrition analysis
  • Nutrition facts panel
  • Place and name of business.

For more information on how SGS can help you, please use the form below to send us your business enquiry.

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