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Mold Analysis

Detection and Risk Mitigation

Business Challenge

In today’s global market, shipments often travel around the world. Occasionally, a shipment can be received in which the products exhibit discoloration or other surface imperfections, or they may have a musty odor. These characteristics could signify the presence of mold. This poses a serious problem for many vendors and retailers since such products will not be able to be placed on the market. The questions now surrounding your situation are:
• Is it mold?
• Do we have to dispose of the entire shipment?
• Can the mold be eradicated without causing aesthetic and/or physical damage?
• Is there anything that could have been done to prevent this?

Solution

What is mold analysis?
Mold analysis provides confirmation that surface imperfections, discolorations, or odors are actually caused by mold, and if mold is present, identifies the genus and species. Once there is a positive indication of mold, a plan of corrective action can be explored that includes product cleaning and, more importantly, prevention of future occurrences.

What are the key benefits?
• Confirmation of the presence of mold
• Identification and classification of the specific mold genus
• Availability of corrective action plans to eradicate/clean mold
• Understanding the conditions that promulgate mold to reduce future occurrences

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Reputation – For over 35 years, we have worked successfully with top manufacturers and retailers around the world to help them better manage risk and regulatory compliance.
Worldwide Locations – With locations close to sourcing areas in over 40 countries, we offer you the convenience of global coverage with local service where you need it.
Technical Knowledge & Leadership – Our staff participate in the development of international, industry and regulatory standards worldwide, keeping you and us at the forefront of changes in safety requirements and testing methods.
Personalized Service – We are committed to meeting your evolving needs as you anticipate new market trends. We offer customized quality assurance services throughout your supply chain. Providing you with the highest levels of service is our priority.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What action can be taken if the discoloration/surface imperfection/odor is not being caused by the presence of mold?

    Bureau Veritas offers other specialized testing services that can determine the cause of the surface imperfection, discoloration, or odor if it is not attributable to mold.

  • If we have already made attempts to clean our products, can you determine if the mold is still present and if it is acceptable to sell the goods?

    Utilizing our certified mycologist and specialized equipment, we can perform analyses to determine if the mold has been effectively removed from the surface.

  • How much does this service cost? How quickly can I get results?

    Costs and turnaround times are situation-specific. Please contact one of our knowledgeable engineers to create a plan that meets your needs, timeframe, and budget.

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