Fera and Waters Open International Food Safety Training Laboratory

      Fera and Waters Open International Food Safety Training Laboratory

  PR Newswire

  YORK, England, Jan. 22, 2013

YORK, England, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A major new international food
safety training facility, aimed at improving compliance with EU food import
standards, is being launched today by The Food and Environment Research Agency
(Fera) and analytical equipment manufacturer Waters® (NYSE: WAT).

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A significant proportion of food safety incidents reported in the EU are due
to imports, therefore ensuring the legal compliance and safety of imported
food is vital for protecting consumers. The EU and other international
organisations have recognised the value of improving food safety testing
globally, so that risks can be identified and tackled at source. In the EU
alone the value of exports and imports of foodstuffs today exceeds £690
billion (over 860 billion Euros).

The Fera International Food Safety Training Laboratory (Fera IFSTL), based
near York, will primarily train scientists concerned with exporting foods to
Europe. Experts from Fera will lead training programs that teach best
practice methods to analysts from overseas, using state-of-the art technology
and equipment for determining chemical contaminants and residues in food. This
will enable food producing countries around the world to implement their own
solutions and gain access to the opportunities offered by trade with Europe.

Speaking as he formally opened the new Training Laboratory Lord de Mauley,
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Lords), said: "It's very encouraging
to see the public and private sectors working together to facilitate trade
from outside the EU. This will improve food safety testing for food imported
into the EU, ensuring food is safe before it reaches our tables."

The new venture combines the respective regulatory and scientific expertise of
both organisations. The Fera IFSTL draws on Fera's extensive expertise as
world leaders in the application of analytical chemistry to food safety
testing and as the UK National Reference Laboratory for chemical contaminants
in food, pesticide residues and veterinary drug residues.

Fera Chief Executive, Adrian Belton, commented, "We welcome this opportunity
to be able to pass on our expertise in food analytical testing. This is
underpinned by over 30 years scientific experience in the area, together with
detailed knowledge of current and emerging regulations, and internationally
recognised quality standards. All of our food analysis work is carried out in
modern laboratories by highly trained scientists, using state-of-the-art
analytical equipment."

The Fera IFSTL is being launched as part of an international network of food
safety training laboratories aimed at raising standards of food safety testing
globally. The first IFSTL was opened in the United States in September 2011 by
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, University of Maryland and Waters®. The
training facilities in the network will coordinate and share expertise. As new
facilities are added to the network, they will do the same, increasing
knowledge and the use of global best practices.

Said Waters Corp. Executive Vice President Art Caputo: "We are very pleased to
partner with Fera in establishing this lab near York. We believe that this
collaboration will lead to better science and technology, and this in turn
will help us raise the bar on food safety. We know the scale of this challenge
requires us to address it globally, which is why we are excited to expand the
IFSTL network."

As part of the collaboration with Fera, Waters helped establish the
laboratory's construction, provided analytical systems and assisted Fera in
designing training programs. The facility is equipped with Waters'
state-of-the-art ACQUITY UPLC®-MS/MS systems, sample preparation components,
and mycotoxin analysis tools.

Courses start in early 2013. For further information, please visit
www.defra.gov.uk/fera/ifstl

Notes for Editors:

1. The Fera IFSTL dedicated training facility has the capacity to teach 200
professionals per year. In the first year of operation courses will cover
pesticide residues, veterinary drug residues and mycotoxins. In subsequent
years the range of courses will be expanded, including running bespoke courses
for specific customers if required, and the number and length of courses
offered per year will be increased. The facility is now accepting
registrations for the following courses:

  *Pesticide Residues in Food, 4-8 February 2013
  *Veterinary drug residues in food, 25 February-8 March 2013
  *Mycotoxins in food, 11-15 March 2013

For further information, please visit www.defra.gov.uk/fera/ifstl

2. The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) is an Executive Agency of
the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(Defra). Its remit is to provide robust evidence, rigorous analysis and expert
professional advice to government, international organisations and the private
sector, in order to support and develop a sustainable and secure food chain, a
healthy natural environment, and to protect the global community from
biological and chemical risks.

3. Waters Corporation ( www.waters.com )

For more than 50 years, Waters Corporation has created business advantages for
laboratory-dependent organizations by delivering practical and sustainable
innovation to enable significant advancements in such areas as healthcare
delivery, environmental management, food safety, and water quality worldwide.

Pioneering a connected portfolio of separations science, laboratory
information management, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis, Waters
technology breakthroughs and laboratory solutions provide an enduring platform
for customer success.

With revenue of $1.64 billion in 2010 and 5,400 employees, Waters is driving
scientific discovery and operational excellence for customers worldwide.

Waters, ACQUITY and UPLC are trademarks of Waters Corporation.

Website: http://www.waters.com
Contact: Media Officer: Alison Wilson, +01904-462380,
alison.wilson@fera.gsi.gov.uk, The Food and Environment Research Agency, Sand
Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ; or Chris Orlando, Waters Corporation, Public Relations
Manager, +1-508-482-2623, Chris_Orlando@waters.com