Eurofins Scientific has acquired Japan Analytical Chemistry Consultants Co. Ltd. (JACC), as well as Ecopro Research K.K. (Ecopro). JACC is one of the largest independent agro-science testing laboratories in Japan and Ecopro is a food testing laboratory in Japan.

JACC is one of the largest Japanese independent Good Laboratory Practice pesticide residue laboratories for agrochemical-registration with more than 40 years of chemical testing experience. JACC is accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), and serves chemical and agro-chemical clients by offering pesticide analyses for river water, air and soil samples as well as analyses for active agrochemical ingredients and formulations.

With accreditations from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare and MAFF, Ecopro provides food testing services, including pesticide residue testing, nutrition analyses, and microbiology testing. Ecopro focuses specifically on tea samples and metabolome analysis for functional food.

JACC and Ecopro employ 40 and 30 staff, respectively.

The two acquisitions reinforce Eurofins’ leadership position in the pesticide residue food market and provide Eurofins an entry in the agro-science market in Japan. The acquisition of Ecopro complements Eurofins’ existing local food testing capabilities and is strategically located in Shizuoka, the largest tea-producing area in Japan.

“The acquisitions of JACC and Ecopro have a good strategic fit with Eurofins’ existing food and agro-science testing businesses and will help to expand our offerings in Japan,” says Gilles Martin, Eurofins CEO. “These acquisitions will reinforce the Groups’ growing footprint in Asia Pacific, and are a clear demonstration of our strong commitment in this geographical region. We look forward to providing JACC and Ecopro access to the full capabilities of the Eurofins network.”