GFSI compliance assures consumers and retailers that we adhere to the strictest standards of food safety and quality control.
Elmwood Park, New Jersey (PRWEB) March 19, 2012
John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks, a manufacturer of specialty baked appetizers based in Elmwood Park, NJ, has been certified compliant with the SQF 2000 Code for food safety plans. The SQF standard, one of several internationally accredited food safety systems under the Global Food Safety Initiative ("GFSI"), is a risk management and preventive system designed to assure food safety and quality.
The demanding GFSI certification requirements are a special challenge for smaller producers like John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks with limited staff and resources. "Upgrading our quality management system required many months and a substantial investment," according to John Macy, the Company's President. But he says it has been well worth it. "GFSI compliance assures consumers and retailers that we adhere to the strictest standards of food safety and quality control. It also allows us to compete for business with some of the world's largest retailers."
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a collaboration between some of the world's leading food safety experts and service providers associated with the food supply chain. In May 2000, following a number of food safety scares, a group of international retailers identified the need to enhance food safety, ensure consumer protection and to strengthen consumer confidence. They launched the Global Food Safety Initiative which sets requirements for food safety programs.
The Safe Quality Food standard is administered by the SQF Institute, a division of the Food Marketing Institute.To become SQF-certified, food manufacturers must follow a comprehensive system of food safety designed by an SQF expert, submit to an annual audit by a SQF auditor and be certified by a licensed certification body.
John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks was founded in 1984 by chef and caterer John Macy. The Company is located in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. The Company distributes kts John Wm. Macy's CheeseSticks, CheeseCrisps and SweetSticks, along with several private label product lines, in the United States and Canada. The Company's all-natural, premium snacks are found in fine gourmet and specialty stores, selected supermarket chains, luxury hotels and through the Company's website at http://www.cheesesticks.com.