Orion announced on Sept. 22 that its 12 plants at home and abroad have received top scores in an inspection conducted by the American Institute of Baking (AIB), the food safety audit institution in the U.S.
The AIB is an institution that makes the strictest evaluations in the global food market. It audits 500 global companies, including McDonald’s and PepsiCo, for food sanitation, and evaluates the manufacturing environment, facilities, and personal hygiene.
As a result of the audit, Orion obtained 900 out of 1,000 points total at all of its plants at home and abroad for the first time, and proved once again that the company maintains top-class quality control. In particular, its Cheongju plant got 955 points, while its Shanghai plant received 980 points, far surpassing the superior level of 930 points.
Orion is the only domestic company, that has been conducting AIB inspections at all plants in not only Korea but also other countries, such as China, Vietnam, and Russia, since 1996.
Meanwhile, Orion, which put food sanitation and safety first, obtained Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, or HACCP, certification, from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in 2009 for the first time in the confectionery industry. In addition to rigorous quality control through outside agencies, the company operates its own quality control system called Global Quality Assurance System (GQAS) and strengthens its competitiveness through regular inspections at its plants at home and abroad. In particular, Orion has established the food safety control system with the three stages of materials, production and distribution in the first half of this year.