Venue provider gets double certification for food safety

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 03 Feb 2020

Mitec operations director Mark Enslin (second from right) and its executive chef Chiew Chee Mun (right) with the team proudly showing the two certificates at Mitec’s lobby in Kuala Lumpur.

THE Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) has received certification for its food safety, which makes it the first venue provider in Malaysia to be certified ISO 22000:2018.

In addition, Mitec also obtained the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) certification.

The venue is certified ISO 22000:2018 and HACCP following a stringent audit by SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification body.

SGS operates a network of more than 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world and is recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity.

Mitec chief executive officer Gunther Beissel said it was a significant milestone for the exhibition centre as it had been in operation for just over two years.

“The certification strengthens our position in the business events industry and boosts our competitive edge to continue to offer world-class standard and quality services to our clients, ” he said.

The ISO 22000:2018 is the latest global safety management system that enables organisations to control food safety hazards along the food chain in order to ensure that food is safe at the time of consumption. This standard replaces the ISO 22000:2005.

The HACCP certification is common among international venues as a systematic preventive approach to food safety and is practised at all stages of the food selection, preparation and production process.

Both certifications are based around the four core established principles of receiving of food, storage, preparation and serving of food and drinks for functions banquets and at the food outlets.

Attributing the venue’s achievement to team effort, Beissel said, “This demonstrates our commitment to overall catering excellence and assures our clients that the safety and quality of our food and beverage service are not compromised.”

He added that besides ISO 22000:2018 and HACCP, Mitec had also obtained halal certification for all its kitchens from Jakim.

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