Kerry Group Achieves 100 Percent Sustainable Dairy Certification

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 | 919 Views


Food manufacturer Kerry Group has reached 100 percent certification of all its milk suppliers in Ireland under the Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme (SDAS).

The company has completed the certification of all its 3,300 milk suppliers under the internationally accredited SDAS.  The quality and sustainability programme audits performance at farm level every 18 months.

Edmond Scanlon, designated chief executive officer of Kerry Group said: “It is increasingly important that we can demonstrate to customers and consumers that their food is safely and sustainably produced. The achievement of SDAS certification by all our milk suppliers is an important part of the group’s broader sustainability goals.”

The SDAS audit will meet the company’s longstanding requirements on quality, food safety and traceability at farm level while the evaluation of performance on sustainability criteria such as environmental management, animal health and welfare, pasture management, and health and safety will now help to ensure more sustainable production.

Since the introduction of SDAS, the food company’s agribusiness division has been actively engaged with its milk suppliers to help guide them through the certification process. Through the audit process, a carbon footprint for each individual farm will be determined using an accredited footprinting model. With feedback provided to the farmer directly, the process helps to monitor environmental impacts.

 

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