Group Lab: quality and innovation
Cereal Docks Group Lab is the new center for excellence in quality and innovation, with its focus on controls, quality assurance and R&D for the Cereal Docks Group. This new hub houses five laboratories: Physical Chemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Organic/Inorganic Contaminants, Research&Development. The Cereal Docks Lab multidisciplinary team is backed up by the most advanced knowledge in food safety, food technologies, pharmaceutical technologies, industrial chemistry and molecular biology.
Cereal Docks Group Lab is also focused on the prevention of mycotoxins in corn upon the arrival of raw materials, and before it enters production processes, thanks to detection technology. NIR (Near Infrared Reflectance) control systems provide instant results based on a non-destructive predictive technique that allows automating the control process. Data management also makes it possible to identify trends and intervene immediately if any deviations are evident. Quality control relies more and more on predictive analysis, while the job of company personnel is more connected to the optimization, implementation and monitoring of the technology, in order to better govern productive processes in the company.
In addition to the new laboratories, the company has also implemented several certification processes, like GMP+, for the production and sales of animal feeds, and FSSC 22000, the highest international food safety standard, recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative, certifying safety along the entire food production chain.