November 10, 2016 (Irvington, NY): PECO Pallet’s depot in Hazleton, Pennsylvania has been re-certified by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) for Level 2 HACCP-Based Food Safety Plans. In 2014, PECO Pallet became the first North American pallet company to achieve SQF certification, which is part of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is focused on food safety prevention controls for packaging and shipping materials.
Joseph Dagnese, Chief Executive Officer of PECO Pallet, said, "PECO Pallet has a long commitment to continuous improvement in our pallet pool to ensure quality and safety for our customers. We are proud of this recognition of our successful HACCP-based food safety and quality program."
To qualify for the SQF Certification for Level 2 Food Safety, PECO Pallet had to demonstrate that it meets certified requirements to identify hazards and minimize food safety risks in its environment and products. PECO Pallet maintains an HACCP-based food safety and quality system and was evaluated in 17 different supporting programs and procedures, ranging from sanitation and chemical controls to personnel training and transportation programs. The entire facility in Hazleton was audited, and PECO Pallet’s implementation of HACCP quality systems and controls was found to meet or exceed U.S. FDA food safety requirements.
PECO Pallet’s Hazleton depot opened in 2013. In addition to sorting, repairing, storing, and reissuing pallets, this depot also provides a place to develop new processes to deliver higher levels of pallet quality, service, and safety across all facilities in PECO’s North American network.
About PECO Pallet:
PECO Pallet is a North American leader in pallet pooling, and the company’s passionate commitment to quality and service has saved its customers millions of dollars. PECO’s superior quality wood block pallets are used to ship products to retailers and distribution centers throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. PECO Pallet is based in Irvington, New York, and maintains over 1,500 service centers and manufacturing plants throughout North America. For more information, visit www.pecopallet.com.