Ann Arbor-Based NSF International Acquires Brazilian Lab


Ann Arbor-based NSF International has acquired a Brazilian laboratory that provides environmental testing services for the food, agribusiness, and water industries in the region. The deal strengthens NSF’s presence in Latin America.

NSF develops safety tests and standards along with certifying products for the food, water, and pharma biotech industries.

“NSF International’s acquisition of Bioensaios significantly enhances both organizations,” says Kevan P. Lawlor, president and CEO of NSF International. “In addition, it expands NSF’s technical leadership in water, food safety, health sciences, and sustainability in Latin America’s largest market.”

Lawlor says the acquisition complements NSF International’s operations in Peru, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, and Costa Rica, along with its recent acquisition of INASSA Group, a Peruvian leader in testing for the water, seafood, pharmaceutical and mining industries.

Located in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the lab — renamed NSF Bioensaios — provides NSF International with access to a full set of services, including:

  • Environmental evaluations for freshwater, seawater, effluent, soil, and sediment.
  • Valuation reports on drinking water, food, and feed safety
  • Good laboratory practices studies for chemical products, drugs, materials and components.

The lab acts as an official laboratory for the Ministry of Agriculture, which uses it to test Brazilian agricultural production for export. The lab also was instrumental in working with the Brazilian government to adopt a water treatment chemical standard.