Pallas scores first with food safety success
Pallas Foods has become the first Irish company and the second in Europe to be awarded the highest level of food safety certification, the FSSC 22000.
The award recognises the stringent food safety management system around the intake, storage, assembly and distribution of food products that Pallas Foods has in place to meet the standards of regulators in the food service and hospitality industries.
The company, whose brands include Glenown ice cream and McCarren Pork & Bacon, will be the first company in Ireland, and only the sixth company globally to achieve the certification.
"We are delighted to have achieved the FSSC 22000," said Ian Smith, director of operations at Pallas Foods. "The entire Pallas Foods team prides themselves on delivering the best quality of service and products to our customers daily and for that I thank them. This award reflects their unwavering commitment to quality."
Part of the global Sysco Group, Pallas Foods employs over 1,300 operating across three distribution facilities in Dublin, Lisburn and Newcastle West. The company sources 15,000 food products worldwide, with 70pc sourced locally across the island of Ireland.
Under the FSSC 22000 requirements, certified companies must successfully complete a third-party audit, ensuring that their food safety systems meet stringent requirements.
"The FSSC 22000 is an internationally-recognised ISO based scheme for food safety, to protect brands and safeguard public health," said Geraldine Larkin, CEO at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. "Pallas Foods have demonstrated that they have the robust processes in place to meet this strict certification."