Kespro received ISO 22000 food safety management certificate by DNV GL

HELSINKI, 2015-6-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — For Kespro, responsibility, quality and food safety are fundamental pillars that guide the daily operations in the best interest of customers. The latest proof of this is the ISO 22000 certificate awarded by the certification body DNV GL. ISO 22000 is a food safety management system that focuses on the evaluation of hazards related to food safety and ensuring preventive practices.

The food safety management system complements Kespro’s comprehensive set of certifications, which already includes the ISO 9001quality system. Keslog, responsible for Kespro’s transportation and warehousing, has the ISO 14001 environmental system.

– Kespro complies with Kesko Group’s responsibility principles, which have received also global recognition. All our operations are guided by certified systems. Both our customers and stakeholders can rely on the reliability, safety and good quality of operations and products. A system certified by an external auditor and undergoing continuous development ensures that our ability to produce quality is good and food safety is controlled, says Kespro’s Managing Director Mika Halmesmäki.

The comprehensive food safety management system will enable Kespro, for its part, to ensure that the safety and quality of products are maintained throughout the supply chain from producer to customer. HACCP risk assessment has been used in building an operating model including concrete instructions aimed to prevent possible hazards. The operating practices are improved continuously based on the requirements and feedback from customers.

– The ISO 22000 system is one example of taking customer needs into account. We bring added value to our customers by ensuring product safety through constant monitoring of quality and food safety. This means, for example, careful receipt inspection, hygienic operating practices and personnel trained in product safety. We also ensure that the food safety of suppliers cooperating with us is under control, says Mika Halmesmäki.

Further information is available from Managing Director Mika Halmesmäki, Kespro Ltd, tel. +358 105 324 146 and Quality Manager Mia Haavisto, Kespro Ltd, tel. +358 105 324 029.

The ISO 22000 logo can be downloaded from the Logos folder of Kesko’s material bank at: http://aineistopankki.kesko.fi/

Kespro is the leading wholesaler in the Finnish hotel, restaurant and catering (HoReCa) business and acts as a partner for its customer companies and municipalities in Finland. Kespro provides its customers with diverse sourcing solutions as well as delivery and cash&carry services. www.kespro.com