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Swisslog Awarded Major Order by Wärtsilä                                                   Food Safety: From Farm to Fork
Wärtsilä, a leading provider                                                               The certification body, NQA, is now positioned to provide the food industry — often
of complete lifecycle power                                                                a complex global network of supply chains — with a food safety solution that
solutions to the marine                                                                    transcends international borders. NQA has received UKAS accreditation to provide
and energy industries, has                                                                 certification against the internationally recognized food management system standard,
commissioned Swisslog                                                                      ISO 22000:2005, which ideally places the global company in a position to assist
to design and implement                                                                    organizations operating in international food chains. Head of NQA, Catherine Golds,
a new Central Distribution                                                                 commented: “Food safety is a critical issue that must be managed throughout the
Centre (CDC) in Kampen, the                                                                food chain, especially when a single food item can include multiple ingredients from
Netherlands. The new CDC will                                                              several source countries. NQA’s global presence simplifies the certification process
allow Wärtsilä to centralize the                                                           for food sector organizations operating internationally, as all food safety certification
logistics from its nine product-                                                           can be obtained from a single body.” The consequences of food-borne illness can
specific spare parts warehouses to a single, global distribution centre. “The CDC will     be catastrophic, not only for the consumer and health services but also for retailers
enable Wärtsilä’s to improve its 24/7 customer service and realize cost savings,“          and other organizations in the supply chain. “The benefits of using an international
said Tage Blomberg, Group Vice President, Wärtsilä Services. As general contractor,        certification body can be seen throughout the food chain,” explained Catherine. “An
Swisslog will provide a turnkey CDC solution that covers design, realization and start-    ISO 22000 certification from NQA provides retailers with the assurance of a standard
up, including building construction and all material handling equipment. Swisslog will     assessed and verified by a well established and trusted organization rather than
implement its own software products and warehouse control system, and will also            having to rely on a certificate from an unknown local company,” said Catherine.
be responsible for overall system integration. “This order for a greenfield distribution       An important step in safeguarding food safety is the implementation of a structured
centre reflects Swisslog’s approach to integrated logistics solutions, which ranges        Food Safety Management System (FSMS) that is incorporated into the overall
from consultancy to general contracting, to realization and service. We thereby create     management activities of the organization. The FSMS should address quality and
clear benefits for the customer in terms of cost cuts and more efficient operations,”      legal requirements in addition to safety from contamination from physical, chemical,
says Daniel Fink, President of Swisslog’s Warehouse and Distribution Solutions             biological hazards. ISO 22000 provides an effective framework for the development,
division. The CDC will comprise inbound and outbound logistics, technical quality          implementation and continual improvement of FSMS. The standard can be used by
control and heavy goods storage, as well as automated miniload and pallet high-            any organization that is directly or indirectly involved in the food chain, including farms,
bay storages. Construction work, which accounts for a sizeable part of the project         fisheries and dairies, processors of meats, fish and feed, manufacturers of bread and
volume, is scheduled to start in August 2009. The spare parts from Wärtsilä’s nine         cereals, beverages and canned and frozen food. It also applies to supporting services
warehouses will be moved to the CDC during 2011 (                        such as food storage and distribution and suppliers of food processing equipment,
                                                                                           additives, raw materials, cleaning and sanitizing products an
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