Maple Leaf Farms Earns Global Food Safety Certification
May 2012

LEESBURG, IN (May 4, 2012) -- Maple Leaf Farms has achieved an important food industry milestone with its recent certification as a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) institution. Recognition as a GFSI institution is accomplished through a comprehensive benchmarking process in food safety management systems, all designed to ensure the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide.

“Maple Leaf Farms is keenly aware of the importance of the Global Food Safety Initiative in today’s global food industry,” said Co-President John Tucker. “We are proud to have earned the GFSI certification, which positions us among other leaders in the food industry and provides another level of assurance for our customers and consumers.”

To earn the GFSI certification, Maple Leaf Farms operations had to undergo an audit by an independent third party team. The audit followed the British Retail Consortium (BRC) technical standards that specify requirements to be met by an organization to enable the production, packaging, storage and distribution of safe food and consumer products. Maple Leaf Farms was successful in passing the audit and was presented its GFSI certificate in April.

“As a world leading duck producer, we recognize the importance of using best practices accepted by domestic and international customers alike,” said Co-President Scott Tucker. “Our GFSI certification demonstrates that our products are manufactured and handled to a specific global standard to ensure food safety and quality and positions our company to serve markets who demand this high level of performance.”

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