Rapak NA Passes SQF Recertification Audit with Flying Colors
DS Smith Plastics’ Rapak sites located in Romeoville, IL and Union City, CA scored ‘excellent’ ratings last month during a SQF (Safe Quality Food) Program audit conducted at each location.
Administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), the SQF Program is an independent third-party audited food safety and quality program recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The Program’s main objective is to assure industry and consumers that the certificate holder has achieved a high degree of competence in critical areas and is continually monitoring and improving product quality, safety, and legality.
Rapak’s Romeoville site scored a 99 out of 100 points and Rapak Union City scored a 96 out of 100. Each facility has a SQF team, comprised of certified “SQF Practitioners”, led by Scott Mertens, Romeoville’s Director of Quality, whose philosophy is to “practice and plan every day of the year” in order to keep the facilities clean, organized, and prepared for these audits. In order to supply safe products to our customers, all employees undergo Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) training twice a year, follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and sanitize equipment daily at the start of each shift.
The SQF Edition 7.2 Level 2 certification is not only a company-wide initiative to supply safe products but also a requirement by some of Rapak’s top customers. The SQF team’s goal in the coming months is to prepare the Rapak Indianapolis facility for implementation and an audit by Fall 2017.
SQF is an international mark of excellence for certified suppliers and a standard that is currently used by food suppliers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Far East, North and South America, and Australasia. At a time when individual consumers, consumer advocate groups, and governments are demanding safe, quality food, an SQF certification provides a competitive advantage to suppliers like Rapak North America.