Bell Flavors & Fragrances has received recertification of the Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 Level 3 for its manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters in Northbrook, IL.
Administered by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), the SQF certification program is a global food safety and quality certification program and management system. Level 3 certification requires a rigorous third party audit process in addition to a review of policies, procedures and systems. Bell's Northbrook-based manufacturing facility was deemed SQF Level 3 certified in 2011.
Most recently, Bell maintained “excellent” status by meeting a newly revised standard with additional requirements, and a more stringent scoring system. The recertification also confirmed that employees were well trained, retained information and communicated well during employee interviews, which was a component of the audit.
“It was a challenge to recertify to a higher standard concurrent with Bell’s 85,000-square-foot warehouse acquisition, but we accomplished a goal of this magnitude as a team focused on food safety and food quality," said Stephanie Donato, quality systems specialist at Bell.
SQF Level 3 Certification provides customers with the guarantee that their products are manufactured by a consistently safe and high-quality source. Bell’s Brossard plant near Montreal achieved the same distinction in June 2012.