The CSIR Food and Beverage laboratories provide chemical analytical services that focus on routine chemical analysis of food, fish and beverage products for external customers in the private and public sectors.
It offers a full range of analytical requirements for the South African and Southern African food and fishing industries. The laboratories based in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria offer expertise in analyses for nutritional labelling, quality control, export regulations and local fortification. Scientists and technologists at the laboratories work closely with the research and development core of the CSIR to address market needs. The laboratory in Cape Town is the only one in South Africa equipped to test for marine biotoxins in shellfish products in support of the Shellfish Monitoring Programme.