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Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance now providing food safety certification in South Africa

LRQA, a division of the Lloyd’s Register Group Limited (Est 1760) that has been assuring South African businesses for many years against QMS, EMS & OHSAS standards, is now offering the food industry its global expertise and experience on food safety standards, including ISO 22000, FSSC 22000 & HACCP.

LRQA has seen a lot of potential in the South African food safety market, which is why we want to introduce the SA food industry to our unique business assurance approach,” says Ian Osmond, LRQA Business Development Manager in South Africa. “Further, our local and global expertise will assist SA industries to focus on continual improvement in their management systems.”

He adds that a reputable food safety expert and microbiologist with over 25 years of experience, as yet unnamed, has been appointed to conduct LRQA’s food safety assessments: “She has a very good understanding of the South African market and the issues affecting it, as she has been actively involved in addressing and finding solutions to key challenges.”

Apart from LRQA’s local experts, it also has a highly regarded international expert driving its food safety certification processes, especially in the form of Cor Groenveld, who is chairman of the board of the Foundation for Food Safety (owner of the FSSC 22000), member of the ISO working group for Food and Food Safety standards (including ISO 22000), and member of the technical committee of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

“This ensures that our approach is geared towards international trends and adapting these to the specific requirements of the local food safety sector,” comments Osmond.

“LRQA South Africa’s vision is to become a trusted food safety solutions provider and is committed to assuring South African companies against the required international standards. Our current South African solutions include second-party assessments, third-party assessments and training,” he concludes.

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