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SGS is pleased to announce that the National Accreditation Board for Testing & Calibration Laboratories (NABL) has enhanced the scope of its accreditation awarded to the SGS laboratory based in Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India, to include testing of Ethylene oxide (EtO) as well as Ethylene Chlorohydrin (ECH) residues in herbs, spices, condiments, plant derivatives and oilseeds.


Ethylene oxide (EtO) is a widely used sterilization agent for dried food products. Its residues found in food products have recently caused widespread food recalls in the European Union.

With this expanded scope of accreditation, which is in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025: 2017, SGS India can now offer Chemical testing services to detect the presence of Ethylene oxide (EtO) as well as Ethylene Chlorohydrin (ECH), in herbs, spices condiments, plant derivatives and oilseeds.

The laboratory employs the Gas chromatograph tandem mass spectrometer (GC-MS/MS) to determine the presence of Ethylene oxide (EtO) which is reported as the sum of ethylene oxide and 2-chloroethanol at or above the limit of quantification (LOQ) of 0.01mg/kg. This method has been validated according to the SANTE/12682/2019 guidelines and been demonstrated in the proficiency testing for sesame seeds, conducted by the EU Referral Lab (EURL).

For more information about SGS Ethylene Oxide Residue Testing Services, click here 

For further information about these services, please contact:

Dr. A. V. Abraham
Head of Laboratories - (Agriculture, Food and Multilabs)
Health & Nutrition
t: +91- 917 63 80 376


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