Four UniFirst laundries have recently earned the Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) Hygienically Clean Food Safety certification, bringing the number of UniFirst Corp. facilities who have reached this milestone to 56. The newly-certified facilities are located in these cities: Ontario, California; Wichita, Kansas; and Amarillo and Harlingen, Texas. UniFirst’s Stockton location in California also qualified for renewal of its Food Safety certification for another three years.
Hygienically Clean is the quantified, validated standard and measure for hygienically clean textiles in North America since 2011, and this achievement reflects UniFirst’s commitment to best-management practices (BMPs) in laundering as verified by third-party on-site inspection and their capability to produce hygienically clean textiles as quantified by ongoing microbial testing. The certification confirms a laundry’s dedication to compliance and processing garments and other textile products using BMPs as described in its quality-assurance documentation, the focal point for TRSA inspectors’ evaluation of critical control points that minimise risk.
“More and more, we’re seeing our customers in food-related industries looking for third-party validation that our specialised Product Protection Process and our Hygienically Clean standards are consistent with HACCP and GFSI guidelines,” said Adam Soreff, director of marketing and communications at UniFirst Corp. “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.”