ATLANTA, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Caraustar Industries, Inc. announced today that its Grand Rapids Carton Plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan has been certified as a Safe, Quality Food (SQF) 2000 Code Level 3 facility, meeting the requirements for the Safe Quality Food Institute's (SQFI) Comprehensive Food Safety and Quality Management Systems. The SQF 2000 Certification covers sector 27 food categories and the manufacture of both printed and unprinted paperboard cartons for direct fill, non-direct fill, flat packed or side seam glued packaging.
The SQF Program is one of the world's leading food safety and quality management systems, designed to meet the needs of retailers and suppliers worldwide. The Program provides independent certification that a supplier's food safety and quality management system complies with international and domestic food safety regulations. This enables suppliers to assure their customers that food has been produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest possible standards, at all levels of the supply chain. SQF is designed as a food safety program, but it also covers product quality, assuring consistent quality and meeting buyer specifications.
SQF 2000 meets the needs of food manufacturers, processors, distributors and brokers with an internationally recognized certification system, along with guidance documents to help you implement the system. Certification provides verifiable assurance that your products have been produced in accordance with all SQF standards, following the HACCP method and local requirements.
GFSI benchmarks existing food standards against food safety criteria, and also looks to develop mechanisms to exchange information in the supply chain, to raise consumer awareness, and to review existing good retail practices.
Caraustar Industries, Inc. is one of North America's largest integrated manufacturers of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products. The company is a socially responsible corporation, is committed to environmentally sound practices and is dedicated to providing customers with outstanding value through innovative products and services. Caraustar has developed its leadership position in the industry through diversification and integration from raw materials to finished products. Caraustar serves the four principal recycled boxboard product end-use markets: tubes and cores; folding cartons; gypsum facing paper and specialty paperboard products. For additional information on Caraustar, please visit the company's website at www.caraustar.com.
CONTACT: Mark I. Maley
VP, Consumer Packaging
SOURCE Caraustar Industries, Inc.