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DS Smith Lebanon Packaging Awarded BRCGS "AA" Rating

Of the more than 1,100 corrugated plants in the U.S., only 5% are at the AA level – the highest rating possible.

The BRC ratings are widely regarded by those in the food processing and manufacturing industry as the most demanding safety standard in the world, providing a framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality and quality.

The group’s standards are used by more than 29,000 certificated suppliers in 130 countries, often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers, manufacturers and food service organizations.

“Achieving the BRC certification is a critical element for our growth in North America. All credit goes to our Lebanon quality control team for their work in preparing for the audit and accreditation process. Thanks to their efforts, we are now in a position to better serve and expand our value-added packaging solutions offering to local, national and global customers, who recognize the importance of this certification,” said Mark Ushpol, managing director of Packaging at DS Smith North America.

In recent decades, recalls have increased greater consumer awareness about food safety and supplies. That has caused retailers and food service providers to adopt assurance measures, protecting the firm and brand against a recall.

As a result, many North American and European retailers mandate that their suppliers provide such assurance by achieving GFSI-recognized (Global Food Safety Initiative) certification like that from the BRC.

As a BRCG-certified facility, DS Smith Lebanon offers customers:

  • Internationally recognized, accredited food safety and quality certification
  • Food safety assurance
  • Reduced supply chain audits
  • A system that supports legal compliance