Spear Receives Food Safety System Certification
CINCINNATI—July 12, 2013—Spear has added Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) to its portfolio of standards. Following the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), Spear achieved FSSC 22000 Certification for each of its U.S.-based facilities, South African facility, and the FSSC equivalent, BRC Certification, in Cwmbran, Wales.
FSSC 2200 certification ensures that suppliers are following good industry practices from security to hygiene to waste stream control. The certification is essential to knowing the potential hazards that could contaminate a product and putting in controls to meet them. Certifications like Food Safety distinguish suppliers like Spear helping to assure global customers that there is no compromise to their product or the manufacturing process regardless of supply location.
Dave McKell, quality director for Spear, discussed what food safety means for the company. “The scope of what is considered ‘food contact’ has been blurred in the recent years,” he said. “We have ramped up our efforts for several years to ensure we are ahead of the certification curve rather than playing catch up. These certifications provide assurance to our customers that Spear is providing food-safe packaging to their global food supply chain.” He explained that Spear continues to write procedures, train and improve its safety practices. “Spear does not look at certifications as wall art,” he said, “but as a way to manage our quality each and every day.”
FSSC 2200 adds to Spear’s list of additional registrations including, GRACol G7, Quality ISO 9001, Environmental ISO 14001, and TLMI LIFE.
Spear is the leading global supplier of pressure sensitive labels to the Beer and Beverage Industry. It operates multiple facilities in North America, Europe and Africa, with on-going expansion throughout the world.
Spear’s customers can be found in 59 countries on six continents. Creative development, label production, label application and package durability through a product’s filling and distribution life cycle are all part of the Spear labeling system.