Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Easternpak Achieves BRC & GMP Certificates

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Saudi-based corrugated packaging manufacturer has further expanded its Food Safety Management system.



As of today,
Easternpak has received its latest management certificates from TUV NORD CERT GmbH. Signed 12 November 2007, the certificates confirm Easternpak’s conformity with auditing and certification procedures for BRC / IOP and Good Manufacturing Practices.

"We're motivated to obtain accreditations", says Pierre Akl, Easternpak General Manager,

"because of globalization and the growing awareness of food safety management among food-oriented customers. Our goal is to ensure that Easternpak's system is in line with the footprints of well-known multinationals, such as Cadbury, Coca Cola, Nestlé, and others. Within the Paper & Containers Division of our mother company, INDEVCO Group, we'll also transfer our management system to sister plants in Lebanon and Egypt, in order to maintain excellence."
British Retail Consortium (BRC / IOP) Certification

Easternpak meets the technical standards for companies manufacturing and supplying food packaging materials for retailer branded products.



GMP International Good Manufacturing Practice for Corrugated & Solid Board

Easternpak has been approved in its manufacturing of various types of corrugated carton boxes for food contact, specialty related products, point of purchase (POP) stands and pre-printed paper rolls.




GMP is a foundation for effective food safety management, requiring basic steps to prevent or control microbial, chemical or physical contamination. Steps include written procedures for how to control food safety hazards and maintain a hygienic environment, employee training, operational controls, and environmental controls.

Easternpak completed Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification in early 2006, committed to supplying corrugated packaging that is 100% free from biological, chemical, or physical hazards. HACCP is an internationally recognized food safety system that prevents problems in producing, processing and handling food.


According to Ganesh Shankar, ISO & HACCP Management Representative,
“The recent BRC/IOP and GMP accreditations will help us prove our continuous striving to ensure a hygienic environment at Easternpak and our commitment to supplying hazard-free corrugated products to food-oriented customers across the Middle East."

Company Background

Established in 1994, Easternpak Ltd. is an ISO 9001:2000-certified manufacturer of recyclable corrugated packaging solutions, and the only HACCP certified corrugated manufacturer in the GCC and MENA regions. Our mother company, INDEVCO Group, is the sole licensee in the Middle East of OTOR packaging systems. Easternpak offers a range of corrugated packaging shapes, sizes, board types and strengths produced from biodegradable raw materials.

Address

Easternpak Ltd.
2nd Industrial City, Street #135
Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Tel: +966-3-812 13 41
Fax: +966-3-812 13 05
E-mail: info@easternpak.com



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