CHARLESTON, S.C.—The UniFirst Corporation (NYSE: UNF) industrial laundry facility in Charleston, S.C., has been awarded TRSA’s Hygienically Clean Food Safety (HCFS) certification status for its cleaning and servicing of work apparel for food-related industries. UniFirst is a leading provider of workplace uniforms and protective clothing to businesses, large and small, within a wide range of industries throughout the U.S. and Canada.
TRSA is an international organization, representing textile services industry companies, with expertise to determine the most hygienic laundering solutions for food manufacturing and food processing facilities and workplaces.
HCFS certification recognizes commercial laundries that achieve and verify hygienic cleanliness of work garments through best management practices, quality assurance, and third-party, quantified biological testing. TRSA’s inspections evaluate practices relevant to handling and processing textile products used in food manufacturing/processing establishments for consistency with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) directives. Further, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) practices are examined to show conformance.
UniFirst general manager James Wells said earning TRSA’s HCFS certification further establishes UniFirst’s credibility as it relates to a focus on quality and food safety for consumers. “Our primary business objective is to provide our customers with only the best service quality possible, along with great looking, image-enhancing uniforms,” Wells said. “Being awarded this certification underscores our commitment to that objective and testifies to the skill and knowledge of the teams who execute the operations at our facility.”
“More and more, we’re seeing our customers in food-related industries looking for third-party validation that our specialized Product Protection Process (PPP) and our hygienically clean standards are consistent with HACCP guidelines,” said Adam Soreff, director of marketing and communications at UniFirst. “Working with a Hygienically Clean Food Safety certified laundry helps reassure them that their managed uniform program is working in concert with their own food safety protocols to help them ensure food safety for consumers.”