Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI, the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country, aims to secure Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) for all its plants nationwide within the year.
PCPPI President and Chief Executive Officer Frederick Ong said they are securing the FSSC from Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), one of the world’s leading audit and certification companies.
Ong said the company is now working for the certification of its other six plants in Cebu City, Naga City, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Iloilo City, and Tanauan within the year.
Its plants in Muntinlupa, Santo Tomas, Rosario, Davao and Bacolod plants have already been granted FSSC by SGS.
“It is imperative to strengthen our food safety practices and standards which we have always valued in PCCPI. We always aim to produce quality products that do not just comply with regulatory requirements but exceed customer expectations, as well,” said Ong.
The company’s certification aligns with World Health Organization’s goals as it marks this month’s World Food Safety Day. This year’s theme is “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow.”
The company follows stringent measures on food safety and quality. Its policy requires high food safety targets, regular process reviews, and strong food safety culture across all levels in the organization.
The certification further ensure quality production and aligns PCPPI with PepsiCo global practices. These include random trade sampling to verify food safety compliance and increasing food hygiene awareness among stakeholders.
Owing to its strict food safety practices, PCPPI’s Zamboanga plant was recently given the PepsiCo Caleb Bradham Award. The distinction is presented to Pepsi manufacturing plants which exhibit exemplary food safety and quality assurance practices. “PCPPI believes that a strong food safety culture helps us promote food hygiene outside our operations. Our consumers will remain confident in our brands and in our ability to refresh them with clean and safe drinks,” Ong added.