HOUSTON, Sept. 30 DNV today announces a major push intothe US food safety market, signing partner agreements with veteranfood-safety firms ASI Food Safety Consultants and Seacrest International.Along with its existing resources, these new collaborations will enable DNV tooffer the widest suite of supply chain certifications and safety assuranceprograms in the US food industry.
"Everyone is seeking a higher level of confidence in the food supplychain," says Richard Stolk, President of DNV Industry North America. "Workingwith Seacrest and ASI will allow us to offer the widest set of qualitycertifications to companies involved in the production, packaging anddistribution of US food products."
The rising number of food contamination events -- along with new qualitymandates from major retailers -- are driving demand for wider adoption of foodsafety standards. Earlier this year Wal-Mart became the first nationwide USgrocery chain to require suppliers to have their factories certified againstone of the internationally recognized Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)standards.
GFSI is emerging as the unifying framework for various standards andprograms aimed at ensuring the safety and quality of food.
"Joining forces with DNV will allow us to deliver more certificationservices to more customers and to affect positive change within the industry,"says Tom Huge, president of ASI Food Safety Consultants. "This is a perfectpartnership for all of us."
Working with its partners, DNV is the first food safety registrar in theUS to provide certification against all four GFSI standards using localresources spread across the nation.
"By being able to respond rapidly with qualified resources in anylocation, we can save our customers time and money," adds Mr. Stolk.
DNV is an independent and autonomous foundation working to safeguard life,property and the environment. DNV is recognized as one of the leading andmost respected management systems certification bodies in the US, and hasissued more than 80,000 certificates worldwide.
DNV has over 8,000 employees in more than 100 countries, and isrepresented in the US with over 700 employees spread over more than 12offices. DNV helps its customers to safely and responsibly improve theirbusiness performance. For more information visit http://www.dnv.com.
About ASI Food Safety Consultants
ASI Food Safety Consultants is a full-service provider of food safetyaudits, GMP audits, seminars, and HACCP setups, as well as HACCP verification.ASI audits address the full spectrum of food manufacturing and processing formanufacturers in North America and Mexico. For more information visithttp://www.asifood.com
About Seacrest International
Seacrest International provides quality solutions for the food industryinternationally and in the United States. Seacrest helps food manufacturerscreate customer confidence and boost the reliability for the food supply. Thecompany maintains a partnership network of certified auditors from around theworld. For more information visit http://www.seacrest-international.com