Klabin is the first company from the pulp and paper sector in Brazil to be granted FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification 22000) certification, one of the most advanced norms used to ensure the origin of packaging paper for food.
This new certification should help to increase the company’s market niches. According to Flavio Deganutti, Quality Manager of the Monte Alegre Plant, FSSC 22000 qualifies Klabin to expand its activities in packaging markets which need protection from contamination. “This certification should benefit Klabin in other equally demanding sectors. Anyone who guarantees safety in packaging used for products which reach consumers’ tables can also offer top quality to manufacturers of sensitive items”, he states.
As the biggest manufacturer and exporter of packaging paper in Brazil, Klabin has had NBR ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management System) since 2007, a certification which establishes requirements to identify and eliminate any physical, chemical or biological hazard capable of jeopardizing the safety of food packaged with paper manufactured by the company. FSSC 22000 was created based on ISO 22000, complementing it by clearly specifying the prerequisites needed to produce packages which ensure safety for the health of the end consumer.
The prerequisites of this new certification ensure the cleanliness and organization of the manufacturing area; the quality control of the water and air which come into contact with the product; control of pests and vectors in the manufacturing environment; and the control of access to the Plants. On adhering to FSSC 22000, the company concomitantly emphasizes the need for its suppliers to meet these same prerequisites.
According to Deganutti, the plant acted quickly to meet the requirements of certification and will continue to make the necessary improvements to guarantee the safety of the packaging produced. He explains that, for approximately six months, the company prepared its employees and installations for certification, which was carried out by Bureau Veritas. This speedy adaptation is a reflection of Klabin’s ongoing investments in good practices in standardizing its industrial processes.
Klabin, Brazil’s biggest paper manufacturer and exporter, produces packaging paper and board, corrugated boxes, industrial bags and timber in logs. Founded in 1899, today it has 15 industrial plants in Brazil and one in Argentina. It is organized in three business units: Forestry, Paper (cartonboard and kraft paper) and Converting (corrugated board and industrial bags).
Sustainable Development guides the management of the company, in the pursuit of integrated, responsible growth which combines profitability, social development and environmental commitment. Consequently, it is a signatory to the UN Global Compact and looks for suppliers and business partners who adhere to the same ethical values, transparency and respect for the principles of sustainability.
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