FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday March 7, 2012
Both facilities use GFSI-accepted food safety processes
DISTRICT OF HOPE, British Columbia, and TOWNSHIP OF PUSLINCH, Ontario – Nestlé Waters Canada, Canada’s marketshare-leading manufacturer and distributor of healthy beverage choices, today announced that both of its bottling facilities have achieved Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000).
FSSC 22000, a globally leading, independent, ISO-bases and Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-accepted food safety program for the whole supply chain, was developed for the certification of food safety systems of organizations in the food chain like Nestlé Waters Canada that process or manufacture animal products, perishable vegetal products, products with a long shelf life, (other) food ingredients like additives, vitamins, bio-cultures and food packaging material manufacturing.
GFSI is a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide. GFSI provides a platform for collaboration between some of the world's leading food safety experts from retailer, manufacturer and food service companies, service providers associated with the food supply chain, international organizations, academia and government.
FSSC 22000 contains a complete certification scheme for Food Safety Systems based on existing standards for certification -- ISO 22000, ISO 22003 and technical specifications for sector PRPs. Nestlé Waters plants in Hope and Puslinch achieved ISO 22001 certification in 2010.
“Food safety is a global concern, not only because of the importance for public health, but also because of its impact on international trade,” explained Dave Thorpe, Director of Supply Chain, Nestlé Waters Canada. “Worldwide food production and procurement makes food chains longer and more complex and increases the risk of food safety incidents.
“FSSC 22000 and GFSI were triggered by the increasing need of food manufacturers for a generally accepted food safety certificate that meets with the requirements of the subsequent customers in the chain, like their retail partners,” he added. “While we do about 2,500 product quality tests daily at our Hope and Puslinch bottling facilities combined, we recognize that continuous improvement is key to an effective food safety management system.”
About Nestlé Waters Canada
Established in 1970, Nestlé Waters Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nestlé Waters North America of Greenwich, Connecticut. With headquarters in the Township of Puslinch, bottling facilities in Hope, British Columbia, and Puslinch and distribution facilities in Chilliwack, British Columbia; Puslinch and Laval, Quebec, approximately 400 employees support a network of more than 145 retailers across Canada.
For further information, please visit our web site at www.nestle-waters.ca or contact:
John B. Challinor II APR
Director, Corporate Affairs
Nestle Waters Canada
Telephone: 1 888 565-1445, Ext. 6441
Jamie Jo Alton
National Public Relations
Telephone: (416) 848-1370