Kasapreko granted ISO certification

Right: Richard Adjei, MD, Kasapreko, receiving the Certificate from Kwesi Okai of SGS (left in suit). Looking on are staff members of Kasapreko and SGS

Kasapreko Company Limited has received certification to ISO 22000:2005, food safety management systems by certification body Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS).

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity.

Attainment of the International Organisation for Standardisation ISO certification makes Kasapreko the only local beverage manufacturing company with ISO certification in Ghana, and only the 2nd beverage manufacturing company in Ghana to receive ISO certification after Coca Cola Ghana Limited.

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organisations, formed on 23rd February 1947 with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Richard Adjei, Managing Director of Kasapreko, on receiving the ISO certification, reiterated the certificate’s significance to the company and how it is going to help promote the Kasapreko brand as a whole.

“To us at Kasapreko, it is a very important achievement because many local companies in Ghana do not see quality issues as very important, and quality is what has driven a lot of foreign companies to drive out local companies.

“We think that taking this step to attain ISO certification is a great step for us, it shows that we really care for quality. We could have done our own quality certifications in-house, but we have gone a step further and invited SGS to do the audit for us so we get this certification; and this puts a big stamp on the quality systems and products that we have,” he said

Adjei further stated that the ISO certification shows Kasapreko is now higher in terms of quality than any other competitor on the Ghanaian market; and alsos in terms of exports, Kasapreko has already started exporting its products to countries like USA, UK, South Africa, Russia, Nigeria and others.

In addition, the company has also started talking to a lot of international as well as local airlines to partner them in business. So, the certificate gives it the confidence that its quality is the same standard as in the USA or any other country of the world.

According to Kwasi Okai Mensah, the certification manager of SGS Ghana Limited, ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) requires: any organisation in the food chain to provide requirements for the establishment, implementation, operation, monitoring, reviewing, maintenance and improvement of a documented FSMS within the context of business risk; establish a more focused, coherent, integrated FSMS than is normally required by law; and finally, it requires organisations to meet any applicable food safety statutory and regulatory criteria.

“We enable you to continuously improve by transforming your services and value chain, thereby increasing performance, managing food safety risks, better meeting interested party requirements, and managing sustainability,” he indicated

This ISO certification also gives confidence to the consumers that, from now on, any product they take from Kasapreko is going to be certified and in the best beverage condition.