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4 top awards for PHD

Director at Pine Hill Dairy Richard Cozier (left) and integrated management systems coordinator Nicole Henry admiring the smooth flow of their production line. Cozier said Henry played a large role in the company’s gaining of four ISO awards. (Pictures by Nigel Browne) Minister of Agriculture Dr David Estwick (centre) taking a look at the new packaging for two per cent fat-reduced milk as shown by senior production shift leader David Haynes.

Wed, September 11, 2013 - 12:05 AM

The Pine Hill Dairy (PHD) has confirmed its place as one of the best in the world by copping four International Organization for Standardization (ISO) awards simultaneously.

The awards are: ISO 9001 – quality management systems; ISO 14001 – environmental management system; ISO/Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Services (OHSAS) 18001 – occupational health and safety and ISO/Food Safety Systems Certification (FSSC) 22000 – food safety.

Integrated management systems coordinator Nicole Henry said this had resulted in a number of internal changes and increased their competitiveness in the world market. She said they had received the recognition in August.

Yesterday, the PHD hosted the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Dr David Estwick  on a tour of the plant.

Estwick said, “I want to congratulate the PHD on probably being the only dairy in the world which would have been authorized and certified through four ISO processes in one go. It is a commendable achievement and says to us that size sometimes doesn’t determine capacity and the capacity for PHD to be designated as a world class facility is not in doubt.”

Estwick pledged his full support for the dairy, saying he would do everything in his power to ensure its survival and asked all Barbadians to buy local milk.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Banks Holdings Limited (BHL) Richard Cozier said the achievement also meant PHD was the only dairy in CARICOM to hold all four accreditations and they would be looking forward to similar success with Banks Brewery, another subsidiary of BHL. (CA)

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