Packers Chemical earns third-level Safe Quality Foods Certification
PSSI today announced that Packers Chemical, its exclusive, in-house chemical provider, has earned its Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Certification Level III Food Safety and Quality. Packers Chemical is the first company in its industry segment to earn this authentication.
Internationally recognized SQF certification is an HACCP-based approach to ensure product safety and quality. The certification demonstrates that Packers Chemical has established a process to track and verify the safety and quality of its products.
“This is a significant milestone for our team who has worked hard over the past several years to be the first to achieve this certification,” said Doug Sharp, president of Packers Chemical. “It not only provides confidence for our team, but also peace of mind for Packers Chemical and PSSI partners knowing we have one of the industry’s most advanced product tracking and monitoring systems in place.”
The SQF certification standards are based on Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarks. As part of the review, Packers Chemical was required to look at its entire chemical product chain and establish a process to ensure that every possible food safety hazard and quality issue is monitored and recorded to prevent risks of contamination.
“As part of this certification process, we established a rigorous process to test and document detailed information about where chemicals originated from, how they are stored and where they are going,” said Ulyana Stebelska, R&D Director at Packers Chemical. “In the case of a potential food safety situation, it enables us to pinpoint and respond to any issues more quickly.”
The SQF certification confirms Packers Chemical compliancy in the third-party system with no need for additional audits or inspections.
PSSI is a provider of food safety and contract sanitation services for food processing facilities in North America, supporting more than 500 partner plants every day. Its team of more than 17,000 sanitors, microbiologists, technical design experts and safety specialists are committed to keeping USDA, FDA and CFIA processing facilities clean, safe and audit-ready.