In its continued commitment to maintain the highest standards of safety and quality, Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP has announced that 13 of its facilities in the US have received the Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000).
FSSC 22000 is an internationally-recognised standard for food safety systems, recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management systems.
Seven of the 13 sites to have received the certification are carbon liquefaction facilities, while the remaining six are liquid nitrogen plants.
Air Liquide supplies carbon dioxide and nitrogen to customers in the food and beverage industry for a wide range of applications. Both products are used in a variety of packaging, preservation, temperature control and food processing applications.
Additionally, Air Liquide supplies beverage-grade carbon dioxide, a key ingredient of carbonated beverages.
“Air Liquide is dedicated to growing and adapting to the needs of our customers,” said Mark Lostak, President of Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP. “Attaining the FSSC 22000 certification for our facilities nationwide further demonstrates our ongoing commitment to safety and continuous improvement in the manufacturing and distribution of our products that our customers have come to expect.”
Air Liquide expects to have all of its liquid nitrogen plants and carbon dioxide liquefaction facilities that supply the US food and beverage industry FSSC 22000 certified by the end of 2013.
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