Empyreal Obtains Food Safety System Certification 22000
Minneapolis-based Cargill has obtained Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 in the manufacturing process of its Empyreal animal food ingredient product. The certification validates Cargill’s robust food safety management system for its Empyreal production process in Blair, Neb., and Dayton, Ohio, that meets the safety and quality requirements of major branded feed companies worldwide, according to the company.
“Achieving the FSSC 22000 is extremely demanding as it closely examines every process and procedure which impacts the manufacturing of the Empyreal product line,” said Eric Bell, assistant vice president of Cargill. “The FSSC 22000 certification validates our commitment to being a leader in innovative, high-quality, safe animal food ingredients which our customers can depend on to help them provide safe high-quality products that meet the certification standards their customers expect from them.”
In order to receive the certification, Cargill’s facilities went through a rigorous review in which a number of key areas were audited: management responsibility, planning and realization of safe products, prerequisite programs, emergency response/preparedness planning, traceability, validation, verification and improvement.
FSSC 22000 is a food safety management system that provides a framework for effectively managing an organization’s food safety responsibilities. FSSC 22000 is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative and provides a global approach to drive continual improvement in food safety management and provide confidence across the supply chain.
Empyreal processing is the first in the U.S. to receive the FSSC 22000 certification by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. In addition to this certification, Empyreal production facilities are Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Voluntary Protection Programs and International Organization for Standardization 22000 certified.