FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2009
CONTACT: Greta Houlahan
Phone: (734) 913-5723
FIJI® Natural Artesian Water Meets NSF International, FDA and EU Standards for Safety and Quality
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International today announced that FIJI® Water, a leading importer of bottled water, has achieved NSF International Bottled Water Certification. Third-party bottled water certification from NSF International helps ensure the safety and quality of FIJI Water worldwide.
In order to achieve NSF International Certification, FIJI Water’s facility in Yaqara, Fiji, was subject to a rigorous audit to verify that the bottling facility met all certification requirements, including Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), which are widely-accepted standards for food safety. FIJI bottled water was also tested to both U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European requirements for more than 160 chemicals, inorganic, radiological and microbiological contaminants.
“NSF International Certification will enable us to further demonstrate our emphasis on quality to our customers and the high standards we set for our water,” said Loren Merrick, FIJI Water Director of Product Quality. “We send staff members around the world to obtain training with lab and quality experts, including NSF International’s headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to ensure we stay current with quality control standards.”
Additional information on FIJI Water’s certification is available on NSF’s Web site. Ongoing testing and annual audits will ensure continued compliance with NSF International standards, as well as U.S. and European requirements.
“Obtaining NSF International Certification underscores Fiji’s commitment to quality, safety and customer satisfaction,” said Chris Dunn, General Manager of NSF International’s Beverage Quality program.
For more information on NSF International’s Beverage Quality Certification, please visit NSF’s Web site.
About FIJI Water: The FIJI Water company is committed to sustainable development and is the primary driver of economic development and social welfare in Fiji. FIJI Water reinvests substantial resources to expand access to clean, safe drinking water throughout the Fiji Islands and to provide quality education and health care for the people of the Yaqara Valley. As the first net carbon negative product in its industry, FIJI Water is reducing carbon emissions across the product’s entire lifecycle and then offsetting at least 120% of remaining emissions through a rainforest restoration project in the Fiji Islands. FIJI Water has also partnered with Conservation International and the people of Fiji to protect and preserve the Sovi Basin, the largest remaining lowland rainforest in the South Pacific. FIJI Water is widely available at fine restaurants and hotels, at all major retail channels including grocery and convenience, and through an innovative home delivery program. Following the success of the flagship U.S. business, FIJI Water has expanded to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Asia Pacific, where the brand’s iconic square bottle is increasingly visible at leading on-premise and retail establishments. To learn more, visit www.fijiwater.com.
About NSF International: NSF International (www.nsf.org) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that develops public health standards for food, water, dietary supplements and consumer goods, and certifies products to minimize adverse health effects. Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. NSF’s Bottled Water and Beverage Certification Program is an annual, voluntary certification process that includes both extensive product evaluations, as well as on-site audits of bottling facilities. This process includes annual unannounced plant inspections covering every aspect of a bottler's operation, from the source of the water, through the disinfection and treatment process, and including the container closure process. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.