KALAMAZOO, Mich., USA January 5, 2015 – Kalsec®, Inc. announces it has been awarded the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 certification under the Global Food Safety Initiative Edition 7.2. The certification is for food ingredient manufacture which includes spice extracts, color, flavors, antioxidants and hops.

SQF certification is achieved when a company demonstrates exceptional quality control and food safety practices. A third-party audit is conducted by a qualified inspector to evaluate different aspects of a company’s food safety program, including: personnel practices, plant maintenance and cleanliness, food defense plan, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plans. It provides validation to many national and international retailer and food service providers that a company has food safety programs in place and that those programs are followed. SQF is a globally recognized certification as a food safety management system and is administered by the SQF Institute.

“Achieving SQF certification demonstrates our continued commitment to providing safe, high quality food ingredients for our Customers. This is an accomplishment of which all of our employees can be proud,” said Scott Nykaza, president and chief operating officer.

Kalsec® is the leading global producer of natural spice and herb flavor extracts, colors, antioxidants, and advanced hop products for the food and beverage industry. For more than 50 years, Kalsec® has consistently delivered high-quality; innovative ingredient solutions that make products look better, taste better and last longer. Kalsec® is headquartered in Kalamazoo, Mich., with facilities in the United States, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit kalsec.com.

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