Dangote Sugar Refinery has become the only sugar company in Nigeria with three ISO certification after the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) issued it with the Food Safety Management System, FSMS, (ISO 22000:2005) certification.
It is the third in the series of ISO certification on Quality, Process Safety/Security and Food Safety, achieved by the sugar refinery.
Apart from the Food Safety Management System, (FSMS) ISO 22000:2005; Dangote Sugar Refinery is also ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System (QMS), and ISO 18001:2007 Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) certified.
In the words of the Deputy Group Managing Director, Dangote Sugar, Abdullahi Sule, who spoke over the weekend, “the Food Safety Management System is a standard that guides the refinery’s core business, the refining of high quality sugar using safe practices to manufacture finished product using hygienically habits in the production processes”.
Sule said that the certifications attested to company’s “relentless efforts at achieving its set goal to be one of the world’s leading integrated sugar producers, with high quality products and using best practices in the day-to-day running of its operations, in line with internationally accepted standards”.
He added that the company is working towards the achievement of FSSC 22000, (Food Safety System Certification); a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) recognised scheme.
The firm is actively aiming at producing a total of 1.5 million tons of sugar per annum. The target is to enable it meet the national sugar master plan.
Dangote Sugar, it has been learnt, also plans an additional Investment of N180 billion for four factories in Sokoto and Kebbi states and has 150,000 hectares of land allocated for the project in Kogi, Kwara, Jigawa, Sokoto, Taraba and Kebbi states.