Pallas Foods becomes first Irish company to be awarded the highest level of food safety certification
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 highest standards of regulators in the foodservice and hospitality industries.
Pallas Foods, whose brands include Glenown ice cream and McCarren Pork & Bacon, will be the first company in Ireland, the second in Europe and only the sixth company globally to achieve this certification.
"We are delighted to have achieved the FSSC 22000," Ian Smith, director of operations at Pallas Foods, said.
"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."
FSSC 22000 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," Geraldine Larkin, CEO at the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), said.
"Pallas Foods have demonstrated that they have the robust processes in place to meet this strict certification."
Part of the Sysco Group, Pallas Foods employs over 1,300 operating across 3 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.
Overall, Pallas Food products reach more than 11,500 customers.