Trans Ocean Liquid Technologies (TOLT), global leader in the manufacture of flexitanks, has announced that its manufacturing plant in Malaysia has gained HACCP certification.
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) is a systematic preventive approach to food safety and forms part of the ISO 22000 standard. With food safety an increasingly global concern, for both public health and international trade, the HACCP / ISO 22000 is an important accreditation for companies in any sector of the food chain.
TOLT Manufacturing Malaysia has successfully complied with the rigorous requirements of the HACCP standard in Food Safety Management System, and was officially certified as fully HACCP compliant on 11th January 2011.
The HACCP standard ensures that adequate safety procedures are identified, documented, maintained and reviewed on the basis of the principles used to develop the system of HACCP.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) have stated their requirement for HACCP mandatory rules for certain products, including fruit juice, and that this is the most reliable system to protect public health.
"To accomplish HACCP certification in such a short amount of time is a significant achievement, and is testament to the excellent effort put in by our team," said Brendan McKenna, Executive Board Member of Hillebrand Group. "Our HACCP certification demonstrates our total commitment to offering the highest standards of bulk logistics services to customers around the world."
The requirement for strict food industry protocol, particularly in packaging and distribution markets has always been common practice, but Trans Ocean has instigated a step forward for the liquid bulk industry, taking the driving seat in gaining certification in HACCP.
Harry Eng, TOLT Malaysia Factory General Manager, adds: "Our Malaysian factory has now set a worthwhile target for both our other wholly owned manufacturing plants – TOLT China and TOLT South Africa. I am sure both factories will achieve this in the next few months and in line with our targeted time lines." Both the Chinese and South African facilities are on track to achieve formal HACCP certification during April and July 2011 respectively.