NIGERIA – Nigeria’s Crown Flour Mill Ltd (CFM), one of the top 10 millers in the world, have received the Food Safety System Certification, FSSC 22000 certification.
FSSC 22000 is designed to help organizations establish and continually improve their control and management of food safety. It fully incorporates the International Organization for Standardization’s, ISO 22000 management system, with sector specific prerequisite program and additional FSSC 22000 requirements.
This ensures recognition by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) which demonstrates that the Scheme meets the highest standards globally, leading to international food industry acceptance.
Furthermore, the Scheme is widely accepted by accreditation bodies worldwide and supported by essential stakeholders like Food Drink Europe (FDE) and the Consumer Brands Association (CBA).
FSSC 22000 also allows the integration of quality management with food safety by the inclusion of all the requirements of ISO 9001. It ensures the visibility of food safety management up and down the supply chain.
This boosts customers confidence in the company’s food safety program knowing that they have a rigorous food safety system in place.
In addition to the FSSC 22000, Crown Flour Mills was awarded the ISO certification for food safety and quality management, ISO TS 22002-1:2009; FSSC 22000; ISO 9001:2015 by Bureau Veritas, in 2019, becoming the first flour milling company in Sub-Saharan Africa to be so certified. The ISO certification specifies the eight quality management principles which define the way an organization operates to meet the requirements of its customers and stakeholders.
In late 2020, the company established the first ever state-of-the-art vitamin premix facility in Nigeria, with technical support from the international nonprofit TechnoServe, under the ‘Strengthening African Processors of Fortified Foods program’.
The goal was to prepare vitamin premix according to the regulatory requirement of the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and to supply Crown Flour plants with high quality and food-safe vitamin premix.
Crown Flour Mill Ltd has been in the wheat milling business in Nigeria for over four decades. Incorporated in May 1971; it commenced milling operation in 1981 with only one product- Flour.
In 2010, Olam International, a Global Good and Agri-products focused multinational based in Singapore, acquired Crown Flour Mill. Crown Flour Mill at that time had 2 operating factories in Lagos and Warri with only 2 products Flour and Semolina.