VERONA, Italy – In a move that expands its global offerings for regulatory, scientific and marketing services to the food and non-food industries, Mérieux NutriSciences Corporation has acquired Total Quality Food (TQF) Consultants. Founded in 1992 by Dr. Giuseppe Patat, TQF is based in Verona, Italy, and is a recognized provider of in-depth informational and consulting services, which includes a digital gateway to regulatory and scientific updates, nutritional and marketing label review and consulting, product conformity review, and product registration services.

Patat will stay on as a consultant in R&D and strategic marketing to assist in the company’s successful integration after the acquisition is finalized.

TQF specializes in regulatory expertise, offering certification for 46 parameters of compliance in 147 countries for more than 100 product categories. TQF also offers an on-line regulatory, scientific and marketing label translation tool applicable to 60 countries in 35 languages. TQF’s consulting and project based services include product conformity review and export conformity modeling for food labels.

“This investment supports our strategy to continue to expand our service offering for the food and non-food industries. Acquiring Total Quality Food Consultants strengthens our footprint with an innovative global platform for our client’s regulatory, scientific and marketing requirements which can be leveraged internationally within the Mérieux NutriSciences’ network,” said Philippe Sans, president and CEO of Mérieux NutriSciences. “In a rapidly evolving, global regulatory framework with the continued acceleration of the international food trade, the acquisition of TQF further enhances our service offerings for our clients.”

“Total Quality Food Consultants will benefit from the strength of Mérieux NutriSciences’ worldwide network to broaden our market reach,” added Patat. “Shared values, an entrepreneurial culture and united strategic vision underscore the basis of my decision to have TQF become part of Mérieux NutriSciences.”