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CAROLINA INGREDIENTS, INC. 1595 Cedar Line Drive
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Phone (803) 323-6550
Contact: Bonnie Vicari
Phone: (803) 325-9078 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9 A.M. EDT, February 17, 2011
CAROLINA INGREDIENTS RECEIVED SQF 2000 CERTIFICATION
Carolina Ingredients, Inc. is proud to announce its’ Certification of Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 Code by the Steritech Group. In order to attain this certification Carolina Ingredients underwent a rigorous 3 day internal audit by Steritech encompassing vendor compliance verification, review of food safety programs such as HACCP, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), Food Security and Traceability, Standard Sanitation Operating Procedures (SSOPs), employee hygiene and an on-site audit. President Doug Meyer-Cuno advises “Having just received our Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Silver Level certification and now receiving our Level 2 SQF certification is quite an accomplishment for Carolina Ingredients in 2010.” Carolina Ingredients is the first privately own seasoning manufacturer to be SQF certified in the United States. This certification recognizes Carolina Ingredients, Inc. as meeting Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) based food safety plans specific to food ingredients such as seasonings, spice mixes, chili mixes, soup mixes, gravy mixes, and sauce mixes. SQF 2000 certification is a voluntary program; however, at Carolina Ingredients we continuously improve our own internal quality assurance programs to further guarantee our customers receive only the safest and highest quality food ingredients possible.
The SQF 2000 code is benchmarked according to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as compliant with the latest internationally approved standards for food safety and other regulatory requirements. Doug Meyer-Cuno continues “Our certification demonstrates our commitment to safe, secure and wholesome food ingredients to our customers. This is what they’ve learned to expect from Carolina Ingredients.”
The SQF 2000 code is a part of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and is managed by the SQF Institute. The code was originally developed by experts in quality management, food safety, regulation, food processing, agriculture production systems, food retailing, food distribution and the HACCP Guidelines.
Carolina Ingredients is the only US seasoning manufacturer and ingredient blender for the commercial food industry located in a US Green Building Council LEED certified manufacturing facility. With a core value in sustainability we partner with our customers to develop consumer preferred foods from concept to commercialization. Our success is a result of providing high value products and solutions to our customers.
To view a PDF of this certification, please click here.
For more information about Carolina Ingredients, Inc. please visit www.CarolinaIngredients.com.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a non-profit making foundation, created under Belgian law in May 2000. The daily management of GFSI is undertaken by The Consumer Goods Forum. GFSI benchmarks existing food standards against food safety criteria, and also looks to develop mechanisms to exchange information in the supply chain, to raise consumer awareness and to review existing good retail practices.
Food Marketing Institute (FMI) FMI represents food retailers and wholesalers and develops and promotes policies, programs and forums supporting its members, their customers and supplier partners, and other industry stakeholders.
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.
The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.