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Italian Home Bakery gets ISO 22000 certification


January 15, 2010
By Bakers Journal

Jan. 15, 2010, TORONTO – Italian Home Bakery Ltd. has become one of the first bakeries of its kind in North
America to receive ISO 22000 certification. 



ISO 22000 is a globally
recognized standard introduced in 2005, specific to food manufacturing
companies. Such certification includes Hazard Access Critical Control Points
(HACCP), a universal food safety management system that works across all
others.

"The research highlights
that consumers are becoming increasingly aware and concerned about food safety
and quality," says Italian Home Bakery president Dennis Rossetti. "Consumers want to be
assured that both the company and the products they make continue to meet their
food safety requirements. It will become incumbent on the retailers to ensure
that those suppliers used obtain and maintain the highest possible standard of
certification.”

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ISO 22000 has
been developed specifically for food manufacturers and incorporates some of
the ISO 9000 principles and all of the HACCP principles. The standard defines food safety management system requirements for
companies that need to meet and exceed global food safety regulations. It
speeds and simplifies processes without compromising other quality management
systems or safety management systems.

"Food safety and people safety is
of prime concern for IHB, our customers demand it and our employees demand it,
we are therefore doing what is natural to our business” says Rossetti.

When the Rossettis took over IHB they did so with the focus of changing the
industry and being pioneers – and being ISO 22000 certified is the beginning of
further changes to come, they say.

“Being suppliers to leading North American grocers, we want to ensure that they can trust the integrity of the product they
receive from their suppliers such as Italian Home Bakery and should
expect nothing less,” says vice-president John Rossetti.

The ISO 22000 certification is a
company-wide initiative in which management and employees
are engaged in the process and committed to excellence and continually
improving the process.

Italian Home Bakery is a
privately held corporation that produces artisanal, European-style breads and
rolls. It has a fresh direct
to store distribution system for the Greater Toronto Area as well as state-of-the-art freezing capabilities producing that can be transported around the
globe.

Italian Home Bakery is located at 271 Attwell Drive, Toronto,
ON M9W 5B9.