Voluntary certification from NSF exceeds food safety standards
NSF Intl. recently announced that Premium Waters, Inc. (PWI) is among the first bottled water companies to receive Safe Quality Food (SQF) Code 2000 Certification. SQF certification highlights PWI’s commitment to produce safe, quality products.
The following PWI plants have received SQF certification: Kansas City, Kan.; Fort Worth, Texas; Chippewa Falls, Wis.; Quincy, Ill.; Greeneville, Tenn.; and Douglas, Ga. In order to receive SQF certification, each of these plants were audited by NSF to reassure customers that the product has been produced, processed, prepared and handled according to internationally recognized standards.
PWI just completed SQF Level II Certification, which includes HAACP Food Safety Plans. PWI is also on plan to complete SQF Level III Certification, which includes Comprehensive Food Safety and Quality Management Development, by the end of this year.
“SQF Certification is consistent with our organization’s commitment to produce quality products and assure customer and consumers confidence,” as stated by Mark Reynolds, PWI director of quality assurance and Greg Nemec, PWI president.
PWI views SQF as the most comprehensive food safety and quality certification program available for the marketplace. The application of HACCP principles to quality practices separates SQF from prior audit schemes. PWI views SQF as a superior program that establishes a new standard of excellence. Marketplace acceptance of SQF will validate commitment to quality and eliminate redundant costs throughout the supply chain.
SQF certification ensures that suppliers use science-based methods to minimize food safety risks, assure product quality and comply with the SQF Code. The SQF Code provides guidance for companies seeking to enter the global food market, addressing their needs and the needs of their clients. The SQF 2000 Code applies to food manufacturing and distribution sectors. It outlines requirements for suppliers of raw materials, ingredients, food products and processed or prepared foods, beverages or services.
“By achieving SQF certification, Premium Waters, Inc. is setting the example for others to follow,” said Jim Bail of NSF Intl. “I congratulate them on achieving this major milestone in the bottled water industry.”