Italpasta Limited

Italpasta Limited

January 31, 2012 10:55 ET

Italpasta Achieves SQF 2000-Level 2 Certification

Canadian Premium Food Company Reaffirms Their Commitment to Food Safety

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 31, 2012) - Canada's premium pasta manufacturer Italpasta Limited announces today that they have passed the SQF 2000 - Level 2 audit for both manufacturing and warehouse/distribution centre facilities. SQF 2000 certification allows food safety and quality systems to be verified and validated throughout the food chain, increasing brand protection, consumer confidence and loyalty. SQF is recognized by retailers, foodservice providers and regulatory agencies around the world that require HACCP food safety and quality management systems by their suppliers.

Joe Vitale, Founder, Italpasta Limited stated, "I am extremely proud of our recent SQF certification and want to commend the entire Italpasta team for their hard work and dedication to once again proving that Italpasta is a premium manufacturer of pasta here in Canada with a strong commitment to food safety programs."

"SQF 2000 is a food safety certification program which is recognized worldwide. Certifications to schemes benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Innitiative are being requested more and more frequently by our customers." says Frank DeMichino, Chief Operating Officer, Italpasta Limited. "With our recent SQF 2000-Level 2 certification, we are further demonstrating our steadfast commitment to food safety and quality - not only in our manufacturing facility but also in our warehouse/distribution centre. Our loyal consumers have always known that Italpasta is committed to providing all Canadians the best tasting and highest quality pasta in Canada. Now, we have the certification to demonstrate that our due diligence in food safety matters has always been, and will continue to be, extremely high."

SQF 2000 Level 2 includes food safety fundamentals and a HACCP approach to managing risks and hazards. This level is comparable to the ISO 22000, FSSC 22000 and BRC standards and registration schemes. This level is also recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative.

About ITALPASTA LIMITED

Italpasta Limited was founded in 1989 by Joseph Vitale. Thanks to a dedicated team, Italpasta is sold across the country and is a leader in the food service and private label sectors. Located in Brampton, Ontario, Italpasta also produces our high quality pasta for global markets including the United States, the Caribbean, the Philippines, and Asia. The company employs 300 people, including ten "pastaios" - pasta specialists with a long tradition in their craft. The "pastificio" - the pasta manufacturing plant, is over 230,000 sq. ft. in size and is complimented by its own distribution centre that covers 300,000 sq. ft. with 20 receiving bays. Italpasta proudly uses only 100% Grade #1 Canadian durum semolina purchased from highly specialized durum wheat millers in Canada. http://www.italpasta.com

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