FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 1, 2010
Davisco Foods has been successfully benchmarked against the GFSI Guidance Document and met with full recognition, it was announced today.
LE SUEUR, Minn., Nov. 1 Davisco Foods Intl, Inc. has become one of the first nationwide food ingredient companies to have their factories "A" certified against one of the internationally recognized Global Food Safety Initiative Standards.
Selected by CIES (www.ciesnet.com), the Food Business Forum, to safeguard and ensure high quality in the international food supply chain, GFSI standards provide real time details on where suppliers fall short in food safety on a plant-by-plant basis, and go beyond the current FDA or USDA required audit process. Under the GFSI program, food manufacturers and producers of foods sold in the U.S. must be audited by independently trained, approved and licensed auditors who are experts in their industry.
As part of Davisco's efforts to continuously improve their programs and challenge their systems, two of Davisco's facilities recently participated in the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety certification program. Both the Le Sueur Cheese and Lake Norden Cheese factories scored "A" certifications right out of the gate on the audit, the highest possible. BRC is one of the recognized GFSI compliant standards and its success demands the highest level of compliance to state of the art food safety and quality principles. "Food Safety must be the top priority for all food manufacturers," said Brian Paulson, Food Ingredient Director of Quality Assurance at Davisco. "Davisco is committed to food safety and we make sure our customers receive safe, high quality products every single shipment."
The GFSI, managed by the Consumer Goods Forum, was set up in 2000 to pursue continuous improvement in food safety management systems, cost efficiency in the supply chain and, above all, safe food for consumers worldwide.
Davisco Foods International, Inc. is a family-owned, international cheese and food ingredient company headquartered in Le Sueur, MN. Operating five dairy processing plants (cheese, whey and other dairy-based food ingredients) in South Dakota, Minnesota and Idaho, Davisco produces more than 370 million pounds of cheese annually and is one of the largest suppliers of cheese to Kraft Foods. Davisco has sales offices in Minneapolis, Geneva, Shanghai and world partners in the Middle East, Japan and Africa. A pioneer in whey protein isolate research, Davisco produces more than 10 million pounds of whey protein isolates annually. Davisco is the industry leader in technology and production, accounting for 65% of whey protein isolates sold worldwide. For more information about Davisco Foods please visit www.daviscofoods.com or call 1-800-757-7611.
SOURCE: Davisco Foods International, Inc.
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