Summit Industrial Products Becomes the First Company in North America to Earn ISO 21469 Certification

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NSF Certification Underscores Summit’s Focus on Food Safety

ANN ARBOR, Mich. & TYLER, Texas, Nov 12, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) —
NSF today announced that KL Texas, L.P. (dba Summit Industrial
Products), a worldwide leader in synthetic lubricant technology, is
the first company in North America to receive Certification to ISO
21469: Safety of machinery – Lubricants with Incidental Product
Contact — Hygiene requirements.

According to a recent article in Machinery Lubrication(1),
it is estimated that a significant proportion (60 percent or greater) of
U.S. food and beverage companies are not using incidental food-contact
lubricants. This is important as only lubricants with incidental food
contact may be safely used on machinery used for producing,
manufacturing, packing, processing, preparing, treating, packaging,
transporting, or holding food.

“Obtaining Certification to ISO 21469 is
important to Summit because our customers in the food industry want
assurance that the products they buy meet strict quality and safety
standards,” said Summit President
Fred Pate. “We believe by working
with NSF to achieve independent certification, we not only improve the
quality of our products, we also improve the confidence of our customers.”

ISO 21469 specifies hygiene requirements for the formulation,
manufacture, use and handling of lubricants, which may come into contact
with products during manufacturing or processing. The international
standard applies to lubricants intended for use in food production, as
well as cosmetic, pharmaceutical and animal feed industries.

“Certification to ISO 21469 by an
independent, third party provides lubricant manufacturers with a means
to obtain international acceptance for their products,”
said Sarah Krol, NSF Business Unit Manager. “By
obtaining certification, Summit is emphasizing their overall commitment
to safety.”

Summit’s dedication to
quality and to the environment is further demonstrated by its ISO
9001:2000 Quality Management Systems registration, ISO 14001:2004
Environmental Management Systems registration, and OHSAS 18001:2007
Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems registration. Summit’s
products have been registered by NSF’s Nonfood Registration Program
since 2004. Summit also has Kosher and Halal certification for many of
their food grade products.

Category: Food Manufacturing, The Americas

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