WayCool, India's leading food and agritech company, received ISO 22000:2018 (FSMS) certification from TUV SUD South Asia, a reputed Certification Body that Audited and certified our Food Safety Management Systems in accordance with ISO 22000:2018 Standards for its Fresh Produce processing unit based in Chennai. This is the first externally validated measurement of the company's culture of continual improvement and commitment to Food Safety. WayCool procures fresh produce from farmers through its robust network of collection centers and delivers quality products to industries such as e-commerce platforms, food services and big retail chains.
This rare milestone is attributed to WayCool's constant endeavor to improve employees' competence skills through regular training, implementing good warehouse practices, and driving the company's food safety management systems on the back of advanced tech interventions. Certification Body TUV SUD South Asia conducted a two-stage audit at WayCool's Virugambakkam Distribution Centre for processing (Sorting and Grading) and packing whole fruit and Vegetables. With the successful completion of the audit, WayCool's Chennai distribution center is now among a few companies with ISO certification.
"This certification is a great motivational booster for the team who has put tremendous effort and adopted a food safety culture in the organization. It also confirms our best-in-class food safety and management system and ensures safer food and better health for its consumers. This journey is unstoppable, and we will continue to improve the food safety management systems across our Distribution centers, thereby setting up a very high benchmark in quality and food safety management in this financial year 2022-23. Our next goal is to achieve GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) recognized certification for business units to keep customers delighted with safer food and top-quality food products", said Amrit Bajpai, chief operating officer, WayCool Foods.
While the fight for food security is real, it is equally essential to ensure that the world consumes safer food for better health and well-being. According to WHO, unsafe food causes 600 million cases of food-borne diseases worldwide and 4,20,000 deaths, of which 30% occur among children under five years. These facts indicate that both present and future generations are at risk of unsafe food, and transforming the existing food safety systems is the need of the hour. And WayCool is precisely doing this.
Since its inception, WayCool has successfully taken numerous green initiatives across its facilities. These include installing solar energy systems, water security interventions, regenerative agricultural practices, and electrification of last-mile delivery. This prestigious milestone will help the company bolster its efforts and launch more green initiatives to make the food economy more streamlined and sustainable at every point possible.