Commitment to Quality, Safety Earns Certification at DFA Plants

November 10, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.’s (DFA) Global Dairy Products Group (GDPG), has now achieved Safe Quality Foods (SQF) 2000 Level 3 certification in four of its manufacturing facilities. The latest certifications are at DFA’s plants in Cabool, Mo., and New Wilmington, Penn.

SQF certification is part of a broader initiative throughout GDPG that emphasizes operational excellence, food safety and quality. Two additional DFA facilities in Winnsboro, Texas, and Plymouth, Wis., achieved SQF Level 3 certification earlier this year. A systematic effort is underway to achieve SQF certification in all 20 of DFA’s wholly-owned manufacturing plants.

“Food safety and quality is the foundation for manufacturing excellence,” said Mark Korsmeyer, executive vice president of DFA and president of GDPG. “Our employees have done an excellent job implementing the SQF program, and it sets the expectation with our customers that we’re committed to producing high quality, safe products on a global scale.”

The SQF Program is a leading, global food safety and quality certification and management system. It is designed primarily as a food safety program, and SQF is the only standard recognized by Global Food Safety Initiative that incorporates a quality certification component at Level 3. The certification allows suppliers to provide assurances that the food they produce, handle, prepare, process and distribute is of the highest quality, in addition to adhering to the strictest international and domestic food safety standards.

Through GDPG, DFA produces retail cheese and butter, foodservice cheese and butter, a wide range of dairy protein ingredients, and is a leading contract manufacturer of shelf-stable products for major food companies. The cooperative’s consumer brands include Borden® Cheese and Butter, Keller’s® Butter and Plugra® Butter.