Thursday, November 13, 2014

NSF Expands Food Safety Certification Services in UK and Ireland with Acquisition of Knight

NSF International and Knight customers benefit from integrated food quality certification services tailored to the local, regional and global markets

ANN ARBOR, Mich., USA and NORTHWICH, UK – Global public health organization NSF International has acquired Knight International Inspectorate. The acquisition strengthens NSF International’s integrated food safety and quality auditing and certification services in the UK and Ireland while providing customers in the region access to an enhanced range of auditing and certification services.
Knight International Inspectorate is a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service)-accredited certification company specializing in a variety of food safety certifications. They include, GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) and ISO quality management systems certification and specific industry schemes such as RSPO (Round Table Sustainable Palm Oil), FSSC 22000 (Food & Packaging) and PS 9000 (Pharmaceutical Standard).
The organization will be known as NSF Knight and the staff and location will remain in Northwich under the leadership of Phillip Knight as Managing Director of NSF Knight.
NSF Knight customers will continue to benefit from highly integrated food safety and quality certification services including GFSI-benchmarked standards bundled with ISO 9000 (quality management systems), ISO 14000 (environmental management systems), OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety) and ISO 50001 (energy management systems). Bundling these programs provides cost and time savings to companies operating in the UK and Ireland as well as multinational organizations with operations in this region.
“Because of NSF International’s 70 years of excellence in food safety and quality our customers in the UK and Ireland now have access to a greater range of auditing and certification services on a global scale,” said Phillip Knight, Managing Director of NSF Knight.
Additionally, Knight customers will gain access to a broad array of food safety testing, auditing, certification and training services as well as specialist knowledge in areas like agriculture, horticulture and seafood.
“For more than 30 years, Knight has built an exceptional team of experts known for their outstanding customer service and technical excellence and together we will provide unmatched farm to fork food safety and quality services that support the growth of our customers locally as well as globally,” said David Richardson, Vice President - Europe, the Middle East and Africa, NSF International Global Food Division.
To learn more about the NSF Global Food Division, visit the NSF Food Safety website or contact us at foodsafetysolutions@nsf.org or +1 877-893-1325.
Editor’s note: To set up an interview:
UK media can contact: Chris Slack at cslack@nsf.org or +44 (0) 1993 885684.
U.S. media can contact: Greta Houlahan at media@nsf.org or +1 734-913-5723.
About Knight: Located in Northwich UK, Knight International Inspectorate Ltd provides high quality certifications for food safety and quality including GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative), ISO Quality Management Systems Certification and specific industry schemes such as RSPO (Round Table Sustainable Palm Oil), FSSC 22000 (Food & Packaging) and PS 9000 (Pharmaceutical Standard).
About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide.
The NSF Global Food Division provides expertise and accredited services across all supply chain sectors, from agriculture, produce, processing, distribution and dairy, to seafood, retail and restaurants. Services include Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification (SQF, BRC, GLOBALG.A.P., FSSC, IFS, BAP and CanadaGAP), plus expert auditing, consulting and technical services, HACCP validation and inspection, organic food certification through Quality Assurance International (QAI), and specialty food verification and certification (including Non-GMO Project and gluten-free).. NSF is also the leading certifier of foodservice equipment, nonfood compounds and bottled water/beverages.

Information and advice to clients

The final report of the Elliott Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks, published Thursday 4th September, makes a number of recommendations that have significant implications for businesses in the food supply chain.
Professor Chris Elliott of Queen’s University in Belfast was commissioned by the UK government to conduct the review in the wake of a major food fraud crisis in 2013 involving horsemeat found in beef products. In the report, Professor Elliott discusses issues impacting consumer confidence in the authenticity of food products, including any systemic failures with implications for food safety and public health, as well as making recommendations for addressing such failures.
As the report today makes clear, criminal food fraud is a very serious problem in the international food supply chain, the exact scale of which is unknown, but ranging from relatively minor ‘casual dishonesty’, to organised crime encouraged by the huge financial awards available to the perpetrators. Limited intelligence means that we simply do not know the exact extent of fraud. What we do know is that it is a cause of major food safety risks and, as in the horsemeat scandal, severely undermines consumer trust in the food industry.
Professor Elliott takes a comprehensive approach to tackle the problem on all fronts: market and industry intelligence, business culture, tighter regulation and sanctions, improved governance and regulation and more communication cooperation and transparency between Government and industry. The final report confirms the line taken in his interim report and makes recommendations based around eight key pillars:
 
1. Consumers first - Industry, government and enforcement agencies should always put the needs of consumers above all other considerations. This means giving food safety and food crime absolute priority over other objectives.
2. Zero tolerance - In sectors where margins are tight and the potential for fraud is high, even minor dishonesties must be discouraged and the response to major dishonesties deliberately punitive.
3. Intelligence gathering - There needs to be shared investment between government and industry in intelligence gathering and sharing, although to ensure its effectiveness, all organisations must have regard to the sensitivities of the market.
4. Laboratory services - Those involved with audit, inspection and enforcement must have access to resilient, sustainable laboratory services that use standardised, tested approaches.
5. Audit - Industry and regulators must give weight to audit and assurance regimes, but also work to minimise duplication where possible. Industry should move to a modular form of auditing.
6. Government support - Government support for the integrity and assurance of food supply networks must be kept specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART).
7. Leadership - Clear leadership and co-ordination of investigations and prosecutions is required and the public interest must be recognised in active enforcement and meaningful penalties for significant food crimes. A new Food Crime Unit, based on the Dutch model, should be created within the FSA and become the lead agency for food crime.
8. Crisis management - When a serious incident occurs the necessary mechanisms are in place so that regulators and industry can deal with it effectively.

In light of the Elliott report, what should your business do now?
Ø Gain board commitment to focus on this issue and provide the leadership required to set company-wide objectives and implement the necessary staff training programmes.
Ø Review your supplier contracts and make sure your terms and conditions are sufficiently tight. Make it clear that substitution is potentially criminal and will be reported as such.
Ø Know your suppliers – identify and maintain registers of your suppliers and where appropriate, their core ingredient suppliers. Learn and understand your supply chain beyond the one up/one down approach.
Ø Know your products – set up and maintain specifications, ensure these document your key supply requirements and put in place enhanced control measures.
Ø Review your product risks and set up appropriate testing programmes.
Ø Be sure to follow up any concerns or complaints as appropriate with suppliers, procurement and other teams.
  

How can NSF help you?
NSF has developed a comprehensive 7 step approach to help businesses combat the risk of food fraud in their supply chains. This recognises that food fraud is a complex commercial and supply chain issue that cannot be solved by technical teams in isolation. It uses tools we have developed to enable businesses to identify and prioritise product risks, assess the culture of their organisation and its employees in respect of food safety, and put in place training, integrated cross functional processes and supply chain auditing programmes, together with developing a trusted and sustainable supplier base.
Specific NSF resources available to help address the risk of food fraud effectively in your business include:
• Our supply chain assurance auditing, testing, performance and issue management services provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach to ensuring product safety, authenticity and quality.
• The NSF Integrity and Traceability audit is a detailed deep dive into the traceability and integrity of the products manufactured.
• We can work with you to help review your procurement practices, processes and management to ensure an integrated approach between commercial, procurement and technical teams.
• The NSF food fraud risk assessment model is an evidence- and risk-based diagnostic tool to help our clients identify and risk rate the commercial opportunity for fraud across different product categories.
• Our recently launched Supplier Assurance web-portal is available to our clients providing dashboard-style instant reporting and management information on your supply chain at whatever level of detail or scope required. This is being enhanced with fraud metrics provided by the NSF food fraud risk assessment model and full details will be available shortly.
• A comprehensive food fraud awareness training programme. Full details will be available shortly.
• NSF is collaborating with leading industry, academic and scientific organisations across the world in fields as diverse as behavioural psychology and forensic accounting to ensure market leading and integrated responses to this huge problem.
 

The NSF 7 Step Approach


To see our NEW White paper The ‘new’ phenomenon of criminal fraud in the food supply chain click here and blog: here

Please contact your NSF team now if you have any issues or concerns
To see the full Elliott report click here


For general enquiries or more information contact:
Chris Slack at cslack@nsf.org or 01993 885 684

NSF International Approved to Provide Emirates Quality Mark Certification for Bottled Water

Abdulla Al Maeeni, Acting Director General for ESMA (Emirates Standardization and Metrology Authority) and Tom Chestnut, Senior Vice President, NSF International Global Food Safety and Quality Division at the partnership signing ceremony August 21, 2014 at ESMA’s Dubai headquarters.

Emirates Quality Mark certification will be mandated for all bottled waters sold in the United Arab Emirates as of October 2014

ABU DHABI, UAE and ANN ARBOR, Mich. USA — NSF International, a global independent public health organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries, has been approved by the Emirates Standard Metrology Authority (ESMA) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide auditing and testing for the Emirates Quality Mark certification of bottled drinking water.
The Emirates Quality Mark verifies that products are compliant with the relevant UAE, international and Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO) standards and are manufactured by an organization implementing an effective food safety management system (FSMS) to ensure continuous compliance. By October 2014, Emirates Quality Mark certification is mandatory for all bottled waters sold in the UAE from both local and international bottlers.
Manufacturers of bottled drinking water certified to the Emirates Quality Mark will undergo an on-site audit by NSF International to assess conformity with UAE standards and regulations. The bottling facility will be audited for implementing food safety programs, including a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system and Good Manufacturing Practices, and the product will be reviewed for microbiological and chemical quality.
“In its continuous endeavor of improving the quality of products, ESMA has made strategic partnerships with various global experts such as NSF International. The aim of these partnerships is to use their experience and knowledge in the relevant fields for long term sustainable gains,” said Abdulla Al Maeeni, Acting Director General for ESMA.
“Food safety management is essential for safer bottled water and NSF International can help beverage manufacturers across the globe gain access to the growing United Arab Emirates market. Bottled water manufacturers can streamline their certifications, saving time and costs, by using NSF to manage certifications to both NSF and Emirates Quality Mark standards, along with their global food safety approvals,” said Tom Chestnut, Senior Vice President, NSF International Global Food Safety and Quality Division.
For over 30 years, NSF International has provided testing, auditing and certification to bottlers, retailers, associations, regulators and consumers globally in over 60 countries with over 800 bottled water audits conducted every year. NSF is the only beverage quality service provider that is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.
NSF International’s bottled water certification is based on globally-accepted requirements and tests for over 160 chemicals, inorganic, radiological and microbiological contaminants. In addition, certification includes unannounced bottling facility audits, encompassing every aspect of the operation from the water source to the filling room. NSF‘s requirements focus on risk assessment and management activities and support Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards, FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements and HACCP.
To learn more about NSF’s bottled water/beverage services visit NSF’s bottled water and beverage webpage or contact the program at bq@nsf.org.
Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with Valbona Malo, global business manager for NSF International’s Beverage Quality Program, contact NSF Senior Communications Manager Greta Houlahan at media@nsf.org or +1 734-913-5723.
About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide.  The NSF Beverages and Bottled Water Certification program conducts annual product testing and unannounced bottling facility audits that cover every aspect of a bottler's operation, from the source of the water through the disinfection and treatment process, including the container closure process.
Additional NSF International services include dietary supplement and nutritional ingredient certification; training, testing and consulting for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries; consumer product testing; drinking water certification and safety audits; sustainability solutions; and management systems registrations (e.g. ISO 9001, 22000, 14001).