Quality and Food Safety Policy (We’re Serious About This)
Let’s just say we are strict about this because, well, it’s important.
ProStar is SQF edition 8 certified by the Safety Quality Institute, which assures buyers and customers that food has been packaged and handled according to the highest standards.
Recent trends in the food industry show that customers are demanding “food transparency,” meaning they want to know what’s in their food and where it’s coming from. ProStar Contract Packaging can now offer manufacturers food packaging under the most stringent safety guidelines.
We recognize that strong food safety and general packaging quality programs require commitment and adequate investment in resources to achieve our objectives. Accordingly, we will invest in the right people, processes and systems to be successful. Here are some specifics:
We will have a full-time Quality Assurance Practitioner, reporting directly to our CEO, who will have the responsibility and authority to oversee our food safety and packaging quality programs at our South Atlantic facilities.
We will hire and manage team members who will be expected to competently carry out their jobs, especially when it comes to quality contract packaging and safety of food.
We will conduct appropriate training to educate our new and existing team members about critical topics, such as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), food defense, allergen management, sanitation and traceability.
We will have industry-leading software systems and equipment in place to support our operations.
We will maintain at all times all records in accordance with requirements for food safety and traceability.
We will open our ProStar facilities to be available to be audited by third-party experts and by our customers, as required.
Meet Kim Salvatore, our Quality Assurance Director
Safety, quality and an adherence to strict packaging guidelines are #1 at ProStar Contract Packaging. Kim Salvatore, our Quality Assurance Director, is a veteran in this industry. Under her direction, ProStar received its SQF Edition 8 Certification from the Safety Quality Institute. And we were one of the first companies in the country to work towards and receive SQF 8. When the certification was announced in the Spring of 2018, Kim said, “This announcement marks an exciting new level of transparency for our company, and I’m so proud of our ProStar team. This whole process energized all of us. The SQF 8 certification process is rigorous. Most contract packaging organizations struggle with the high level of preparation, documentation, training and learning required to reach this level of certification. Manufacturers that work with us will know their products are being handled under the highest level of safety guidelines — and that’s exciting.”
Kim is on our production floor each day, meeting and exceeding quality expectations for our customers. Products and our procedures are checked daily, even hourly.
As one of our team leaders, Kim is creating an environment where ALL of our employees serve as safety and quality inspectors. Our crews train daily to look for inconsistencies and production errors. Employees are encouraged to look for issues and report them immediately. This type of open communication makes us better — and stronger as a company.