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Rapak® North America Achieves ‘Excellent’ Score on SQF Certification Audit for the 4th Year in a Row

DS Smith Plastics’ Rapak sites located in Romeoville, IL and Union City, CA score Excellent ratings in Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program audits. Rapak site located in Indianapolis, IN was newly certified in December 2017 with an Excellent score as well.

[ROMEOVILLE, ILLINOIS, June 4, 2018] — Rapak North America, a business unit of DS Smith Plastics and market leader in Bag-in-Box packaging and filling systems, announced today that two of their facilities located in the United States of America, achieved excellent scores of 98 out of 100 points on the new SQF, Edition 8.0 certification audits last month. Rapak has continually scored ‘E’ for Excellent at all locations since 2015.

The SQF, Edition 8.0 Food Safety Code for Manufacture of Food Packaging certification is a company-wide initiative to supply safe food packaging products and a requirement of Rapak’s top key customers within the food industry. Receiving an Excellent score on these audits validates the commitment and dedication of Rapak employees to supplying safe products to their customers.

The annual preparation for the audit is an ongoing process of internal audits, employee training and following daily safety practices:

  • Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) training twice a year
  • Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) daily
  • Sanitize equipment daily at the start of each shift

The SQF, Edition 8.0 Code requirements are benchmarked food safety standards to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). 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. Rapak plans to continue to maintain this level of superior results and meet any additional customer specific requirements in the future.