|[March 07, 2014]
Zep Inc. Enhances Commitment to Food Safety with New Technology Platform from GFSC Group Inc.
ATLANTA --(Business Wire)--
Zep Inc. (NYSE:ZEP), a leading consumable chemical packaged goods
company that manufactures a wide variety of high-performance cleaning
and sanitation chemicals today announced that it is further enhancing
its commitment to food safety by offering its customers a customized
sanitation technology platform from GFSC Group.
The Zep Inc./GFSC collaboration is designed to help food companies
develop and implement a world-class safety and sanitation program
managed with a customizable web-based document control system.
"Food safety and detailed sanitation procedures are a top priority for
food processors," said Tammy Nichols, Food Marketing Manager, Zep Inc.
"Our collaborative approach enables effective implementation of the
sanitation program at every level, providing peace of mind and assurance
for upcoming audits."
Zep Inc. customers will be able to utilize GFSC to help them write and
audit their HACCP plans, validate their critical control points and
prepare for SQF audits and certifications. This program is further
assurance to customers and consumers that their food has been produced,
processed and handled according to the highest standards.
Zep Inc. is dedicated to protecting its customers' brands through the
professional support of its Food Safety Consultants, as they help food
processors deliver high quality, safe food in their facilities on a
consistent and continuous basis.
Zep Inc.'s primary food safety customer commitment starts with its own
education. Zep Food Division management has developed a superior
educational system which qualifies its technical representatives to
obtain the certification of "Food Safety Consultant". To obtain this
prestigious certification, qualified representatives undergo extensive
multi-level training programs, including: 1) Food Safety/Sanitation
Pre-Requisite Program, 2) Food Sanitation Certification School, 3) AIB
Food Safety Essentials' Training Program, 4) Application Equipment and
Microbiology Program, and 5) GFSI/SQF/HACCP Training School.
Courses covered under these programs include but are not limited to Food
Microbiology, Microbial Testing, FoodBorne Illnesses, HACCP and GMP
programs, Chemistry of Cleaning, Cleaning Methods, Safety with Cleaning
Chemicals, Personal Hygiene, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures
(SSOP), SQF, as well as Antimicrobial Interventions and their
application procedures. Zep Inc. is committed to providing ongoing
training to keep Food Safety Consultants up-to-date on food industry
regulations, research studies and new technologies.
Zep Inc. Food Safety Consultants are strategically located across North
America and readily available to serve food processors on a local
level," said Steve Nichols, Group President of Zep Inc. "When customers
see their Zep Inc. Food Safety Consultant, they know the entire Zep Food
Division is at their disposal, providing training, products and systems
- adding another layer of protection for your business and getting the
About the Zep Food Division
Zep's Food Division - a Black Pearl Award winner by The International
Association of Food Protection (IAFP) - has been a true partner in food
safety and sanitation for more than 70 years, offering a comprehensive
line of products for all segments of the food industry. The company
offers a variety of high quality cleaners and sanitizers, drain
maintenance, biofilm removers, hand care and janitorial products; as
well as antimicrobial chemicals for direct applications on meat,
poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables. For more information, visit www.zepfooddivision.com.
About Zep Inc.
Zep Inc., with fiscal year 2013 net sales of approximately $690 million,
is a leading consumable chemical packaged goods company selling a wide
variety of high-performance chemicals that help professionals and
prosumers clean, maintain and protect their assets. The company is
focused on the attractive industry dynamics of the transportation market
and the industrial maintenance and repair operation ("MRO") market,
which together now comprise approximately 60% of its revenue with the
balance derived from sales into the facilities maintenance vertical. Zep
markets these products and services under well recognized and
established brand names, such as Zep®, Zep Commercial®,
Zep Professional®, Enforcer®, National Chemical™,
Selig™, Misty®, Next Dimension™, Petro®, i-Chem®,
TimeMist®, TimeWick™, MicrobeMax®, Country Vet®,
Konk®, Original Bike Spirits®, Blue Coral®,
Black Magic®, Rain-X®, Niagara National™, FC
Forward Chemicals®, Rexodan®, Mykal™, and a number
of private label brands. Some of Zep Inc.'s brands have been in
existence since 1896. Founded in 1937, Zep Inc. is headquartered in
Atlanta, Georgia. Visit the company's website at www.zepinc.com.
About GFSC Group
GFSC Group has worked with some of the largest packers and producers in
the world, successfully creating and implementing multiple world class
food safety management systems. Our team brings years of experience
designing and implementing Food Safety and Quality programs for Field
(GAPs) and Food Manufacturing (GMPs) in 15 different HIGH RISK Food
Sector Categories. We have helped numerous companies implement SQF
Levels 2-3. Visit the company's website at www.gfscgroup.net.
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