Metsä Board Simpele implements new standards in food safety
Metsä Board Corporation press release 27 November 2017
Metsä Board, a leading European producer of premium paperboards is pleased to announce that its Simpele mill has recently integrated the FSSC 22000 food safety system into its management systems and received third party certificate to verify this.
The FSSC 22000 Food Safety System provides a framework for effectively managing an organisation's food safety responsibilities. FSSC 22000 is fully recognised by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) and is based on existing ISO Standards. It demonstrates that a company has a robust Food Safety Management System in place that meets the requirements of both direct customers and consumers. The GFSI brings together key players from the food industry to collaboratively drive continuous improvement in food safety management systems around the world.
As leading fresh fibre paperboard manufacturer Metsä Board wants to ensure that its product safety practices are equivalent to the standards in the food industry.The preparations for change have taken a year with both contractors and staff going through comprehensive training. As Simpele mill among all other Metsä Board mills already had ISO 22000 certificate, the food safety procedures were already in place, but via the new standard the processes and prerequisite programmes were further strengthened.
Marjatta Punkka, Product Safety Manager at Metsä Board commented; “Consumers appreciate the benefits of paperboard made from traceable and renewable fresh fibres, particularly when the paperboard is in direct contact with food. We therefore want to ensure that our paperboard products continue to meet the tightest requirements and that our systems are future-proof in respect to any changes. The food sector is a notable user of Simpele mill’s products and therefore the implementation of the FSSC 22000 Food Safety System is a very important development for us in respect to producing first class paperboard for our food sector customers. As next, we are looking at expanding the implementation also to our other mills.”
For further information:
Marjatta Punkka, Product Safety Manager, Metsä Board
Mobile: +358 (0)40 7385959
Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. Our lightweight paperboards are developed to provide better, safer and more sustainable solutions for consumer goods as well as retail-ready and food service applications. We work together with our customers on a global scale to innovate solutions for better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. The pure fresh fibres Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to origin in sustainably managed northern forests.
The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2016, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.7 billion, and it has approximately 2,500 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.
Metsä Group is a forerunner in bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and cooking papers.
Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion in 2016, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.