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Americas: Merck buys food safety testing provider

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Merck has bought food safety testing provider BioControl Systems Inc., whose rapid detection technology and third-party validated testing platforms complement Merck’s portfolio of instruments and consumables in its applied solutions business geared to the food pathogen testing workflow.

“BioControl’s innovative assays and validated kits, when combined with Merck’s strengths in microbiology, filtration and e-commerce will create a strong global provider aimed at solving tough challenges in the food pathogen testing space,” said Udit Batra, member of the Merck Executive Board and CEO, Life Science business.

BioControl’s product portfolio includes pathogen detection kits to identify these food poisoning bacteria in food and ingredients and its key customers include meat producers.

The acquisition is in line with the strategy of Merck’s life science business to expand in key geographies, and provide a differentiated experience to customers in applied settings, including food and beverage safety testing.

While the business will continue to focus on microbial quality control solutions for pharmaceutical production processes and products, an area where the business currently has leading market share, the acquisition will enable Merck to offer a complete food pathogen testing platform to its customers in the food and beverage safety testing market.