AGQ Labs is a proud partner of the Ventura County Food Safety Association (VCFSA)
Ventura County Food Safety Association is bringing agricultural growers, packers, processors and distributors of the County together to emphasize the importance of Food Safety. Global experts and scientists are available to educate and share the vast knowledge of securing the food supply chain to our local agricultural family. From tree to row to bush crops, Ventura County is a major supplier to America’s produce supply.
The idea of having a Ventura County Food Safety group started in 2015 with Tomas Gonzalez and Laura Miller. They noticed that there were very little food safety resources and trainings available in the county and professionals in the industry had to travel to the San Joaquin, Santa Maria or Salinas Valleys to attend these events. While speaking to Jose Luis Gomez Carrasco, a science expert out of Oxnard, Tomas and Laura made the decision to gather some local industry representatives to discuss this idea. In May of 2016, with the help of AGQ Labs and Jose Luis, the first unofficial meeting was held. Shortly after this meeting, in June of 2016, another meeting was held and officers were elected. Unofficial meetings continued as awareness gathered momentum. In September of 2016, the non-profit corporation was formed.
As word around the county grew, so did enthusiasm and attendance. The association soon needed a larger space to gather as attendance numbers were in the 70’s. Speakers were lining up to present to this group, official trainings were planned and membership dues were established. To date, the association continues to grow, with over 40 different produce packers, processors, distributors, vendors, labs and cooling companies within the county in attendance. Growers are starting to express interest, allowing the association to expand its reach. Food Safety professionals in Ventura County are coming together as a team sharing knowledge and strategies as any recall or food borne illness affects the entire industry. Ventura County is making it known that truly, “Food Safety Has No Competition”!
It is an honor for AGQ Labs to be part of this association and to help Ventura County within the Food Safety industry.
About AGQ Labs
AGQ Labs is an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory that offers one of the most comprehensive pesticide residue analysis and testing services in the United States. Using state-of-the-art analytical equipment, AGQ Labs performs pesticide residue analysis quickly and accurately in our Oxnard, CA facility. Included in the cost of service is access to our team of food safety experts and lab managers who have many years of experience interpreting pesticide residue results and addressing issues that can occur.
Our pesticide residue analysis service includes the following:
- Speed: Standard 24-48 hour turnaround time.
- User friendly reports that list positives on the first page with MRLs for up to 10 countries.
- Comprehensive standard screen that covers over 400 pesticides all with 0.01 mg/kg (ppm) limits of quantitation (LOQ).
- Cost Efficiency: Compared to other labs, AGQ Labs’ pesticide residue screens mitigate nearly double the risk as other screens at a lower price.
From annual samples for certification purposes to routine samples for export compliance, AGQ Labs is the best choice laboratory for pesticide residue analysis.
Find more information about AGQ Labs services here.