All of the carbon dioxide production plants of Air Liquide Canada have obtained Food Safety System Certification 22000, an internationally recognized standard for food safety systems.

Air Liquide Canada owns and operates carbon dioxide liquefaction plants and depots in Moncton, New Brunswick, Varennes, Quebec, in Courtright and Hamilton, Ontario, in Medecine Hat, Fort Saskatchewan and Woking, Alberta and Langley, British Columbia with capacity to serve its customers from coast-to-coast.

The company can now assure its agrifood and beverage industry customers that its carbon dioxide production facilities have been audited and certified for effective risk management, hygiene in its facilities, and food safety excellence in operations and employee training.

Adam Peters, president and CEO of Air Liquide Canada, said of the certification, “We’re proud to support our customers, and their customers in turn, by providing impeccable quality in our products for use in the agrifood and beverage industries, and we are one of the first companies in our sector here in Canada that can offer our customers the assurance this FSSC certification represents.”

“Our employees have worked diligently to meet this new certification and it certainly is something our teams have a right to be proud of.”

The certification initiative is part of a benchmarking application of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI), whose mission is to provide continuous improvement of food safety management systems, with a vision of ‘safe food for consumers everywhere’.

 

LCO2 in food and beverages

Liquid carbon dioxide (LCO2) is used for cryogenic freezing and surface hardening of food products, as well as temperature control during food mixing and blending processes to ensure the cold chain management.

In its gaseous state, carbon dioxide is used as a key ingredient of carbonated beverages and for preserving freshness in foods, and for providing nutrition and supporting healthy growth to vegetables in greenhouses.