Mérieux NutriSciences South Africa State of the art Microbiology Laboratories, in Cape Town.

By: Food Focus on 24 November 2023

Mérieux NutriSciences South Africa State of the art Microbiology Laboratories, in Cape Town.

Cape Town, 23 November 2023 – Mérieux NutriSciences South Africa officially announces the opening of its expansive new microbiology laboratory in Claremont, Cape Town, marking a significant milestone in the company's commitment to advancing food safety and quality testing.

With a laboratory footprint spanning an impressive 1300 m2, which together with the supporting admin functions totals 2400 m2, this cutting-edge facility represents substantial growth from its previous 650 m2 footprint, solidifying its position as one of the largest microbiology testing facilities in South Africa. The size of the facility, staffed by 50 qualified Microbiologists, uniquely positions the Cape Town laboratory to handle very large sample volumes while delivering the highest quality results.

The facility boasts unique capabilities, including industry-leading testing turnaround times and the expertise to conduct large format testing on 375ml sample sizes for specified matrices. In response to escalating market demands, the expansion has resulted in a remarkable 100% increase in testing capacity, dedicated to processing samples for both Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis. The sample receival department has also been expanded to streamline the screening and verification of samples and documentation before they are logged and processed. This optimization not only enhances productivity but upholds the highest quality standards in the food industry.

Incorporating advanced features such as centralized climate control and a highly energy-efficient lighting technology system, not only reduces electrical consumption but also reinforces Mérieux NutriSciences’ commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) goals related to climate change. Mérieux NutriSciences South Africa is dedicated to making progress towards a BETTER WORLD through sustainable practices.

The building was inaugurated on 23 November 2023 by Nicolas Cartier (CEO) and Franck Capdevielle (VP MEA ASPAC & Corporate Development) both joining the occasion from the Mérieux NutriSciences Global office based in Tassin-la-Demi-Lune, France.

About Mérieux Nutrisciences

We leverage over 50 years of scientific and entrepreneurial expertise to answer food industry needs. Today’s global challenges transform the way food is produced, marketed and consumed, which is why we know our clients need more than reliable analytical results; they need practical and innovative solutions that will contribute to making food systems safer, healthier and more sustainable.

From our initial expertise in microbiology and consultancy, we have broadened our scope of scientific specialities into chemistry, microbiology, digital tools, auditing, training, consultancy, labelling, sensory, and research to offer a complete suite of services to meet our customers’ needs. In South Africa, Mérieux  NutriSciences’ facilities are located in Cape Town, Somerset-West, Midrand, Jeffreys Bay, George and Durban and offer SANAS-accredited microbiology and chemistry laboratory services.

Today, we offer 360° solutions to support our clients, from product development to sustainable business, while contributing to consumers’ health worldwide. Present worldwide, we have more than 100 accredited laboratories and a team of over 8,000 committed employees.


We strongly believe that together, we can create solutions to offer our planet:



For more information on our innovative solutions, visit: www.merieuxnutrisciences.com/za/


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Andrika van Eeden

Marketing and Communications Officer

Mérieux NutriSciences

Email: andrika.van.eeden@mxns.com

Tel: 021 683 8436