Herb and Spice Services

Ensure the safety, quality and sustainability of your herbs and spices.

Consumers expect herb and spice products on store shelves and food outlet menus to be safe to eat and drink. At the same time, regulations surrounding the safety, quality, authenticity and traceability of herbs and spices are becoming more stringent. We can help you to meet consumer and regulatory demands, so you can make your business more efficient and your products more marketable. SGS is leading the way in the new era of food safety, transparency of data, and technology.

Inspection and Field Services

We monitor consignments of herbs and spices around the world through crop monitoring, fumigation, pre-production hygiene inspections, initial and during production checks, final random inspection (pre-shipment), container inspection/temperature monitoring and loading supervision.


Using cutting-edge technology and the most up-to-date testing standards, we provide multiple forms of microbiological, chemical, and physical and sensory testing to analyse the safety, quality and authenticity of herbs and spices. Through a global network of food laboratories, we can help you to comply with buyer specifications as well as regulatory requirements for validation of process preventive controls and environmental monitoring.

Audits, Certification and Training

Our broad range of auditing and certification services can help you to meet industry, national and international regulations. Our specialist teams will ensure that your processes and operations meet and exceed the required standards. For compliance with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), we provide auditing and certification to the standards of the BRCGS Global Standards, FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification), GLOBALG.A.P., International Featured Standard (IFS Food) and Safe Quality Food (SQF). We will combine the parallel requirements of many standards into a customised single audit, reducing operational disruption, time and cost.

As the global leader in professional training, we provide innovative learning and development solutions, covering multiple areas and industries, tailored to meet your needs. Our courses are delivered in both face-to-face and eLearning environments, ensuring training objectives are achieved no matter where you are. Our portfolio covers everything from BRCGS, FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification, FSMA, through to GMP and HACCP training, food safety, risk management, traceability, hygiene, regulation, food safety culture and more.

Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA)

Our FSMA certification, audit, training, testing and technical services can help you to ensure compliance across your food facilities and supply chain. Through a global network of food testing labs, we can help you to comply with product safety and integrity requirements, the validation of process preventive controls, environmental monitoring, water testing, supply chain and allergen management requirements of FSMA.

Sustainability and Social Accountability

We can help you to demonstrate to consumers your commitment to sustainable practices. Our sustainability services include program design, pre-audit vendor and in-house communication and training, corporate social responsibility audits, desktop or onsite closeouts of corrective actions, environmental assessments, and data management of results and trends.

Technical Services

We offer support on all aspects of food safety, new technologies and new governmental opinions or regulations. We guide you through the complex food safety laws, latest industry updates and best practice. Our services include food fraud assessments, regulatory guidance, emergency response, mystery shopping, private label services, nutrient composition analysis and label review and GMO labelling requirements.

Authenticity and Integrity

SGS helps defend against food fraud by verifying the authenticity of the ingredients you use. Our isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) testing can be used to verify geographic origin, test the authenticity of ingredients labelled as natural, identify undeclared additives and detect the use of synthetic fertilizers in organic products. Our next-generation sequencing (NGS) testing methods are a powerful tool for food analysis, food authenticity testing, and the identification of ingredients, pathogens, allergens and potential adulteration. NGS of DNA samples offers an untargeted test that answers the questions traditional DNA testing (PCR) cannot.

Digital Innovation

New technologies, such as SGS Digicomply and Transparency-One, deliver knowledge, regulatory insight, and transparency. These tools will boost your team’s efficiency and help you manage quality, safety and profitability.

  • SGS DigiComply

Simplify compliance with SGS Digicomply – the regulatory intelligence network that transforms compliance data into user-friendly actionable knowledge. Our powerful knowledge management platform combines high technology with human expertise to sort and classify multiple data sources into one coherent data feed.

  • Transparency-One

Discover, analyse and monitor all suppliers, ingredients and facilities in the supply chain. Transparency-One uses real-time data to reduce risk, identify ingredient origins and ensure compliance. Cutting-edge cloud-based technology allows you to check supplier certification, reduce risk, respond quickly and effectively to potential crises, provide customers with up-to-date information, and gain consumer loyalty and trust.


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