Two DB Schenker regional distribution centers received FSSC 22000 certification

Miami, FL, May 24, 2023 – Two regional DC DB Schenker Canada have received FSSC 22000 certification, a comprehensive certification program that covers food safety management requirements for food manufacturers, packaging manufacturers and food processors.

In response to a customer’s long-standing request for help meeting their own FSSC 22000 requirements, DB Schenker stepped in and quickly certified both data centers. DB Schenker operates two regional distribution centers (DCs) for this global food and confectionery manufacturer. The global logistics provider also handles distribution and import for a manufacturer in Canada.

“Instead of waiting for mandatory certification, we decided to be proactive and certify our two regional DCs,” says Nina Arkhipova, Quality Assurance Manager at DB Schenker. “There really was no point in waiting, so we just got ahead of the mandate and did it ourselves.”

The Food Safety Management System Certification Scheme developed by the Food Safety Certification Foundation, FSSC 22000, is required by many retailers and food manufacturers as it demonstrates that a company has a sound food safety management system in place.

The certification also includes additional requirements for programs such as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Good Hygiene Practice (GHP).

DB Schenker’s newly certified facilities include two 900,000-square-foot regional distribution centers and 200 employees. The 24/7 operation ships approximately 100,000 cases per day to 700 shipping locations coast to coast and to the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan worldwide, including raw materials and packaging materials from manufacturers to factories.

Farah Ali, Quality Assurance Manager at DB Schenker, said the path to FSSC 22000 certification began when the global logistics provider decided to develop an even more robust quality system specifically focused on food safety. The reason was simple: large grocers and retailers served by a logistics service provider would likely make a certification standard for all of their suppliers.

Looking ahead, DB Schenker plans to extend FSSC 22000 certification to a new regional data center to support future growth. The company also plans to maintain and improve its food safety and quality program and sees FSSC 22000 certification as an asset to secure future business opportunities.

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