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Eurofins Food Safety Partners with Orion Assessment
Iowa Ag Connection - 02/14/2018

Eurofins Food Safety Systems (EFSS), Des Moines, and Orion Assessment Services partner to expand auditing and certification services throughout Canada.

"Orion Assessment Services expressed interest in being able to provide certification services in the food industry under our accreditation to Canada and other parts of the world and we are happy to partner with them in this endeavor," said Gary Smith, director of Eurofins Food Safety Systems.

The partnership will allow Eurofins to broaden their BRC Global Standards and GFSI scheme auditing resource base and provide them additional expertise in BRC to utilize. It will also allow Orion Assessment Services to operate under the Eurofins accreditation for BRC, SQF and FSSC 22000 schemes.

"For our existing food clients, we see this as a fantastic opportunity to be able to offer them a 'one stop shop' for all of their food certification needs," said Aaron Campbell, vice president of Orion Agri-Food Safety.

Orion Assessment Services currently offers services for the Gluten Free Certification program, GMP and HACCP audits, as well as gap assessments across North America. In 2017, with demand from new and existing clients, they decided to expand their existing portfolio to offer GFSI audits. Orion Assessment Services has thousands of customers around the world bearing various ISO standards.

As a certification body, this collaboration will enhance the standards currently offered through Orion Assessment Services' accreditation for ISO 17065 and ISO 17021, as well as offering brand new opportunities in the various GFSI schemes, for both existing and new clients internationally.

Eurofins has similar regional partnership agreements with other parts of the world, like Chile and New Zealand, who work under their accreditation.

"Having met with the Eurofins dedicated food safety team, I was impressed with their knowledge, professionalism, passion, desire to grow but not at the expense of service delivery to existing customers and by how much they value their employees and contractors," Campbell said.

"Our Eurofins team looks forward to partnering with Orion Assessment Services and making new connections with segments of the food industry together," Smith said.

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