Understanding and learning from leaders of the past is fundamental to shaping our future. We are fortunate to have so many great ambassadors in which our roots were built and are able to draw on their vast experiences from Silliker to Mérieux NutriSciences. In this article, we show how the blending of Mérieux with Silliker Laboratories was the perfect match.

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Each year, we get excited about the opportunity to honor our founder, Dr. John H Silliker, through the sponsorship of The John H. Silliker Lecture as part of the annual IAFP program. The annual lecture was established by Mérieux NutriSciences in 2004 to recognize the achievements of Dr. Silliker through the practical application of scientific principles to improve food protection. The John H. Silliker Lecture provides an avenue for recognized experts to present important and timely information on topics of significance to food protection. We could not ask for a better venue than the IAFP Annual Meeting to honor Dr. Silliker’s legacy of 50 years of protecting consumers’ health.

The 2020 chosen lecturer is Dr. Peter Ben Embarek with the World Health Organization. Read on to hear from Dr. Embarek to hear about his presentation at this year’s annual IAFP meeting.  Continue Reading

Our company’s mission statement is centered around consumer health and advancing science. This is embraced and emulated by each president of the past. As we look back, we recognize the success we have had as a company is only as great as our people. Among these great people, is our late president Dr. Russell Flowers. Read on to learn about his contribution to the food industry and science.

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Arsenic, once known as the “king of poisons,” is a naturally occurring element found worldwide at low levels in water, food, air, and soil. Human exposure to arsenic can occur through ingestion of unregulated drinking water and certain agricultural commodities, particularly rice.  In recent years, several studies by consumer advocacy groups have highlighted the presence of this toxic metal in a variety of food products.

On August 5, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a long-awaited guidance establishing an action level of 100 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal.  While the FDA action level is a good start, the United States still lags behind other nations in terms of setting limits for heavy metals in food.  Here are five facts to consider in regard to arsenic and the food supply. Continue Reading