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strap news 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 (www.swisslog.com). such as food storage and distribution and suppliers of food processing equipment, additives, raw materials, cleaning and sanitizing products an
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