Ann Arbor-based NSF International, an independent, global organization that facilitates standards development, has acquired Global Trust Certification Ltd., an Irish company specializing in seafood certification. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
NSF Certification Ireland Ltd. made the acquisition. Global Trust conducts certification, auditing, and inspection for clients around the world.
“The acquisition of Global Trust is aligned with our strategy for NSF International and expands our capabilities and expertise in seafood standards and certification programs globally,” says Kevan Lawlor, president and CEO of NSF International. “Global Trust has a talented team with unique expert knowledge, insights, and understanding of the seafood and fishery industries, which helps clients understand how they can enhance their current sourcing policies.”
Global Trust has been part of SAI Global, a risk management company in Chicago, since 2012 and has 87 employees and contractors. It operates in more than 49 countries and has national and international certification contracts involving all leading seafood standards and certification programs. The organization will combine with NSF’s seafood business unit.
NSF tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences, and consumer goods industries in an effort to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment. It was founded in 1944 and has operations in 180 countries. It is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality, and Indoor Environment.