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Friday, Dec 22, 2006
Standards & Benchmarks
States - Karnataka
Mangalore cashew co gets ISO 22000 certification
WOMEN AT work at Achal Industries premises. As cashew is a labour-intensive industry, the company provides employment to more than 400 women.
Mangalore , Dec. 21
Mangalore-based cashew manufacturer and exporter Achal Industries has become the first cashew company in the world to get ISO 22000:2005 certification for food safety management system.
Established as a family enterprise in 1981 by Mr G. Giridhar Prabhu and his father Mr G. Sadananda Prabhu, Achal is among the first 25 food manufacturers in the world to have obtained ISO 22000:2005.
Mr Aswin Kumar, the representative of the certifying agency Det Norske Veritas (DNV), handed over the certificate to the proprietor, Mr Giridhar Prabhu.
The Karnataka Cashew Manufacturers' Association (KCMA) organised the function to felicitate him.
Mr Walter D'Souza, Chairman of the Cashew Export Promotion Council of India, said that the Indian cashew industry should showcase its strength in quality to the world.
Mr K. Prakash Rao, KCMA President, said that ISO 22000 is a tool to build business.
Stating that the cashew industry in Karnataka is set for growth, he said the aim of the association is to become the cashew State of the country by 2020.
The association has set a target of producing 1.5 lakh tonnes of raw cashewnut by 2020, against the current level of 40,000 tonnes.
He said that food safety standards such as ISO 22000 are essential to achieve this growth. Mr Prabhu thanked the 500-strong workforce of Achal Industries for enabling the company to get the certification.
WHAT IS ISO 22000?
According to Mr Prabhu, the ISO 22000:2005 specifies requirements for a food safety management system where an organisation in the food chain needs to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe at the time of human consumption.
It is applicable to all organisations, regardless of size, that are involved in any aspect of food chain and want to implement system that consistently provides safe products.
The means of meeting any requirements of ISO 22000:2005 can be accomplished through the use of internal and/or external resources, he added.
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