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The Importance of an NHP Site License

A National Health Product site license requires all manufacturers, packagers, labellers and importers to be licenced. This is a sign of legitimacy for co-packers, and professional co-packers like Dure Foods work to earn this label because it tells our customers that they can rely on us and trust us with their product. Trust in co-packing is essential since we are being hired to make product that our clients create themselves. Here are 3 benefits to hiring a NHP site licenced co-packer.

Product recalls will happen if needed

One of the requirements for earning an NHP site is having procedures in place to deal with certain problems that may occur during the production and distribution of food. One of these potential issues is distribution records and product recalls. Keeping records of food distribution allows co-packers like Dure to keep track of where the product goes and what condition it is in, which may lead to a full product recall.

A recall is a costly endeavor since it removes a large portion of a product, but it is necessary if that product is unsafe. Having an NHP license tells a client that Dure Foods will recall their food if there is any chance of it being dangerous. It demonstrates that company morals will be prioritized before profit.

Good Manufacturing Practices

Good Manufacturing Practices (or GMP) is a list of requirements that every NHP site-licensed co-packing business must prove that it has, as well as continue to demonstrate throughout the duration of its career. This includes quality assurance on the food product, reliable and stable equipment and properly knowledgeable and dependable personnel. These strict and specific requirements assure that NHP site lessened businesses will maintain their care and quality without exception. Dure Foods follows all of these practices, and that allows the company to follow all good manufacturing practices in all aspects of co-packing.

Constant license renewal

Just earning the NHP site license once is not enough to be trusted with food production and distribution forever. The license must be renewed every year for the first three years of owning it, and every two years from years four to nine, and every three years after that. This assures clients that co-packers will not become complacent after only earning the license once. NHP site licensed co-packers have to constantly prove that they follow the guidelines to ensure the safest and highest-quality product.

If you are looking to get involved with an NHP site licenced co-packer, give Dure Foods a call. We would love to talk to you about your project and see if it is a beneficial fit for both of us.

The Importance of NSF Certification in Food and Beverage Service

For a company to be successful in the food industry, trust between the company and the customer is essential. Any business can serve food, but the customer needs a certain amount of assurance that the food will be healthy, fresh and safe to eat. One of the ways for a food business to gain legitimacy is to receive a certification from the NSF. Businesses like Dure Foods are NSF certified because it is an important step in becoming established as trustworthy and professional.

What is NSF?

NSF, or National Sanitation Foundation is an organization built to set clear health standards for food products and companies that serve food. If you see an NSF label on the products of a company, it means that company is NSF approved. NSF approval means that the food and materials to make food are up to FDA (Food and Drug Administration) standards, passed any necessary safety tests, have accurate labelling and are guaranteed to be free of any dangerous chemicals. The NSF product check is done by health and safety professionals in over 180 countries.

Why an NSF approved co-packer is important

While a NSF approval is not mandatory for a food company, it represents a mark of legitimacy in terms of up to date safety regulations and commitment to the health of customers. It’s also very easy to be aware of; just looking at any food service product and finding an NSF label will tell you that the company has been verified by health and safety professionals. Just visiting the NSF website can allow you to search a food company to see if it is NSF approved, so getting the information is easy.

Getting certified by the NSF is also quite a difficult process for companies to go through. It requires steps such as lab testing, sampling of products and inspection of the area the food is made. It is also expensive, one test from the NSF can cost $1,500 or more. Since the process requires so much work on the part of the company, it goes to show just how important approval from NSF is. Companies like Dure Foods go through this process because they understand the importance of being officially labelled as safe for customers. NSF approval is important for co-packers because that label will give customers clear proof that the service they are purchasing can be trusted.

If you are looking to get involved with an NSF approved co-packer, give Dure Foods a call. We would love to talk to you about your project and see if it is a beneficial fit for both of us.

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