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Blendex receives GFSI re-certification 7/2013

July 2013

Blendex Company officially certified by Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)

Louisville, KY – Blendex Company today announced that the organization's facility has been recognized for meeting or exceeding the standards of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as defined by GFSI's official benchmarking procedure. GFSI is widely considered to be the "gold standard" for international food safety. This places Blendex at the leading edge of advanced food safety practices.

GFSI is a non-profit organization that seeks to continuously improve food production and manufacture systems to ensure the supply chain is safe for consumers. The organization is comprised of the world's leading food safety experts. GFSI's benchmarking procedure is executed in an impartial and transparent manner. Its benchmarking criteria meet internationally recognized food safety requirements and are accepted by many international and regional/national retailers and suppliers. In most cases, the level of food safety attained through GFSI far surpasses the requirements of federal, state and international standards.

"Food safety is number one priority and quality assurance is taken very seriously. We ensure our customers that we're providing the safest product possible," says Ron Pottinger, CEO. "Very few manufacturers pass GFSI's initial audit. We're proud to say that we passed with an 'A' ranking – the best you can get. We have always been committed to food safety; Blendex Company was one of the first custom blending companies in the U.S. to receive HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) accreditation back in 2002."

In meeting GFSI's stringent requirements, Blendex is recognized for embracing the standards of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and other highly respected national and international standards organizations that fall under the GFSI umbrella. An estimated 40,000 to 50,000 food-producing sites in the United States will receive third-party food safety certification through one of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked standards.

GFSI food safety certification is required by many large retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target, and is becoming a prerequisite for suppliers to participate in the global marketplace. The certification will assist companies to meet requirements of the newly enacted Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Requirements of GFSI such as HACCP plans, documentation of a food safety plan, including incident and recall management, and traceability of lots are found in the FSMA. For companies not operating to GFSI standards, complying with FSMA may prove challenging.

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