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Codex Alimentarius - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 18/05/2017

From the latin “Food codex”, the Codex Alimentarius is a set of rules and standards regulating the food industry worldwide. The Codex Alimentarius Commission at the origin of this codex was founded in 1963 by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the World Health Organization. The commission is currently organized by 187 countries and the European Union.

We will today learn more about the Codex Alimentarius and how it influences your business.

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Top 5 ISO Certifications - Which one do I need?

by Bertrand Duteil on 20/04/2017

Standards and certifications are important for every company, helping them make their processes more efficient and their products safer. One of the most important certification organizations is the International Organization for Standardization.

Founded in 1946 in London, the International Organization for Standardization is an independent and non-governmental international organization. The original goal of the organization was to “facilitate the international coordination and unification of industrial standards”. With more than 162 country members of the organization, the ISO organization has developed over more than 21.580 International Standards the past 70 years. From quality certifications to environmental standards, the ISO helps standardize products and services in the world.

We will today see which ISO certifications are important for the food industry and which ones you actually need for your company.

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PEFC Certification - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 13/04/2017

Sustainability is a topic getting more and more important in all industries. In the food industry, the textile and the wood industry, the customers are expecting from the companies to be environmentally friendly and to protect the nature as much as the workers rights. But reaching these goals can sometimes be harder for small and non-industrial forests owners.

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, also known as PEFC, is a certification made to promote sustainable forest management and tailored for these forest areas. We will today learn more about this certification and how it can be relevant for your company.

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Guidance on social responsibility and ISO 26000 - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 06/04/2017

Over the past years, customers have been paying more and more attention to what they are buying and have been expecting more than a simple product and service quality. They are now more than ever expecting from smaller and larger companies to have a responsible behavior with the environment when it comes to the carbon footprint for example, but also good working conditions for their employees and health safety for their customers.

To answer to this public concern, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed the ISO 26000 - Guidance on social responsibility.
We will today learn more about this standard and how to apply it in your organisation.

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Topics: Certifications, tips, ISO standard

RSPO certificate for sustainable palm oil - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 30/03/2017

Palm oil products are omnipresent in our daily life, in the food industry but also in many different industries such as:

  • Body care and cosmetics industry
  • Biofuels and energy
  • Catering and service industries
  • Medicaments
  • Industrial use
  • Animal feed (palm kernel oil distributors)

Produced in Malaysia and Indonesia by up to 80%, palm oil production requires large areas of palm trees, generally leading to massive deforestation of rainforest with no attention paid to ecological, economic or social negative aspects.

With the increasing demand of sustainable products, palm oil producers and industries using palm oil products had to get certifications attesting the sustainability of their product. One of them is the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil Standard (RSPO standard).

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OHSAS 18001 - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 23/03/2017

A safe work environment is a basic requirement for every company, especially the ones working with machines and hazardous materials. Basic safety measures are generally guaranteed by the work safety regulation applied by the company, completed by several legal standards reducing the accident hazard and the different dangers on the working space.

Along with legal standards, companies have the possibility to introduce work safety management systems and to let them certify. One of the most common work safety management system is the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series or OHSAS.

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Topics: Certifications, tips, work safety

Certificate of Origin - What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 16/03/2017

International merchandise traffic brings up the topic of customs laws and the different country specific legal regulations for import and trade. For safety reasons, the food industry is often subject to stricter import and trade rules. We already noticed more severe regulations in past blog posts discussing about the long-term supplier declaration or the International organic standard between the EU and the USA.

One of the most important document required by purchasing companies is the certificate of origin. It attests the origin of the product, but also other information such as the production country and the raw material or products used. We will today learn more about certificate of origin and the most important information you need to know about it.

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Topics: Certifications, tips, product documentation

Environmental management & ISO 14001 : What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 09/03/2017

Environmental management is an important topic for companies of all sizes across industries. Along with legal regulations to reduce pollution, a consequent environmental policy within a company can help reduce energy costs and lead to a sustainable production.

The only internationally recognized standard for environmental management is the ISO 14001 Standard. They contain guidelines for an environmental management system to reach the company environmental performance goals. The standard is made for companies of all sizes and applicable across all industries. The primary goal of the ISO Standard is the promotion of environment protection and the reduction of environmental pollution.

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ISO 17025 for testing and calibration laboratories: What you need to know

by Bertrand Duteil on 02/03/2017

After discussing over the past month food safety and quality management through posts about international standards and ISO standards, we will today present the ISO 17025.

This standard sets skill requirements for testing and calibration laboratories. The compliance to this ISO norm increases data quality and the efficiency of testing laboratories. The certification also serves as basis for the establishment and the compliance to other quality systems such as the GMP or the ISO 9001.

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SQAS & ESAD - What you need to know about the European Single Assessment Document

by Bertrand Duteil on 23/02/2017

The SQAS - Safety and Quality Assessment System is an evaluation method for logistics service providers working with hazardous materials. It was developed by the european chemical association CEFIC and the european chemical trade association FECC. There are different versions of this questionnaires based system depending on the domain it applies such as transport service, rail, warehouse, tank cleaning or ESAD.

We will today discuss about the SQAS/ESAD directed to chemical traders. The European Single Assessment Document serves in the chemicals industry as monitoring instrument for a standard service evaluation of traders.

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