MOCON, Inc. and the Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC) have partnered to establish a certified permeation-testing lab at GFTC.

As a result of the cooperation, GFTC will now operate the first MOCON-certified test facility in Canada, and only the second non-MOCON owned and operated in the world.

The first such facility was in partnership with Hemetek, in Mumbai, India.

The two MOCON-certified facilities are in addition to the four company-owned and operated laboratory locations in Minneapolis and Austin (US), Germany and China.

According to a MOCON media release, GFTC will now offer material and finished flexible package testing on the former’s highly sensitive oxygen (Ox-Tran®) and moisture (Permatran®) permeation units. Not only do the units offer greater sensitivity but also higher throughput than what was previously available at GFTC. Additionally, packages can be tested at specific humidity levels and temperatures.

Further still, it is not just state-of-the-art equipment that results from the partnership; certification means that GFTC’s technicians have been trained on MOCON's corporate test lab methods/protocols and record keeping too, to insure equivalency.

“Our partnership with the well-respected GFTC, will now enable Canadian food and beverage brand owners to have access to the gold standard in permeation testing in their own back yard,” said Alan Shema, Product Manager for consulting and testing services, MOCON.

For GFTC, which assists more than 1500 companies with services in food safety, quality consulting, training, product development, packaging and labeling, and sustainability, the deal with MOCON adds value to its service to customers.

“GFTC is a global leader in food safety, training, quality and technical solutions. We offer the most up-to-date knowledge to leading companies in the food and beverage industry. Upgrading our capability as a MOCON-certified lab is just one more way we can offer leading-edge services to our members,” commented Carol Zweep, Manager, packaging and labelling services, GFTC.