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Draco Achieves SQF Certification of its Manufacturing Facilities


With the growing incorporation of botanical extracts and phyto-concentrates from fruit, vegetables and herbs into food and beverages, Draco Natural Products (San Jose, CA) has been committed to assuring quality for its manufacturing partners and the general public through all of its ingredients, according to the company. To ensure continued excellence,  Draco said it successfully completed the Safe Quality Food (SQF) certification of its manufacturing facilities, through SGS Systems, Australia division. The specific level of certification is the SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacturing, edition 8.1, tailored for food manufacturers and distribution networks.

The SQF program is a rigorous farm-to-fork food safety and quality certification that helps food producers assure buyers that their food products meet the highest possible global food safety standards. The program is designed to meet industry, customer and regulatory requirements for all segments of the food supply chain, from the farm to the retail stores. SQF certification utilizes a HACCP-based approach to ensure that end products meet all relevant regulations. HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control points) is an essential requirement for modern food handling and safety. Recognized by brand owners, food service providers and retail stores worldwide, SQF is recognized internationally by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). SQF was first developed in Australia in 1994.

The process of setting up the SQF comprehensive food safety management system includes examination of all processes and product quality control standards. It requires yearly auditing, along with continual updates and employee training to guarantee ongoing compliance, and improve process management by helping to identify and manage ongoing risk while provide proof of due diligence.

For more information, visit www.draconatural.com.

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