The General Soft Drinks Co. Ltd. (GSD) has recently passed surveillance audits in ISO 22000, ISO 9001 and FSSC 22000. GSD was one the first Coca-Cola plants in Europe and one of the first manufacturing plants in Malta to obtain the ISO 22000 certification back in 2010. The recent recertification caps 10 years of achieving unconditioned passes since the Company decided to implement and adopt ISO Quality Standards.
“When you pick up one of our drinks, you know you’re handling the product of a highly controlled quality management system,” said Chief Operating Officer Maria Micallef. “Our certification audits are carried out to international ISO standards by Lloyd’s Register auditors. These Standards ensure our products and the services we provide are safe, reliable and of good quality.”
GSD is also certified to ISO 14000, an Environmental Management Standard that ensures continuous environmental management to minimise the impact of the company’s operations on the environment and assures compliance with all the applicable environmental laws and regulations.
The Health & Safety of its employees is very important to GSD and in this respect the company is also certified to OHSAS 18001 which promotes a safe and healthy working environment. This standard provides a framework that helps to: identify and control health and safety risks; reduce the potential for accidents; aid in legal compliance; and improve overall performance.
Over and above the regular ISO audits, companies within The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) system have recently become subject to surprise audits that verify the Quality, Environment and Health & Safety processes of the manufacturing plant. GSD has twice been assessed under TCCC’s unannounced audit program, passing these with excellent results.
“We believe that the company’s success depends on supplying high quality products, packages and services that meet and surpass our customers’ and consumers’ expectations,” Ms Micallef said. “Our company’s quality, environment and health and safety management systems have become an integral part of the way we operate and do business.”