Mississippi Lime Completes FSSC 22000 Certification

Mississippi Lime Co. (MLC) has completed certification to assure that all its food-grade operations meet the standards of FSSC 22000, a food safety management scheme recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

The company’s line of VitaCal Food-Grade Calcium Hydroxides and Oxides are differentiated by their high purity and specialized manufacturing process. Their unique properties make them valuable in many food and beverage applications, where low levels of impurities and good calcium bioavailability are crucial properties.

“FSSC 22000 is a gold standard because it goes beyond a check-the-boxes approach to food safety – it is more process-focused. We have already achieved excellent results with AIB auditing and certification at our food-grade operations. Adding the certification for FSSC 22000 provides additional assurance that we are continuously conforming to processes and controls that prevent contamination, protect quality and safeguard the food supply chain,” said Paul Hogan, MLC president and CEO.

VitaCal products are used as ingredients and processing aids in foods and beverages, as well as in the synthesis of food-grade ingredients. For example, food-grade calcium hydroxide is commonly used in the production of corn products, tortillas, snack foods, fortified drinks and flow conditioners for table salt and flour.

VitaCal food-grade calcium hydroxides and oxides are manufactured at MLC’s operation in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., the largest lime facility in the Americas. MLC is the only U.S. producer for these materials that offers grades to meet the standards of the U.S. FDA and the specifications of the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC). 

MLC’s food-grade products are also certified as Kosher, and the full Ste. Genevieve MLC site is covered by an ISO 9001:2015 certification for quality management.

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