DeJong Cheese places great value on quality and food safety. We strive to produce high quality and safe products. In order to guarantee quality, we place high standards on the production processes in our cheese making facility as well as on the milk supplied by farms and any processing of the milk before it reaches us. Our quality system is certified by various entities.
DeJong Cheese meets all the requirements of Dutch and European regulations governing hygiene and food safety. We are monitored by the Centraal Orgaan voor Kwaliteitsaangelegenheden in de Zuivel (COKZ – Netherlands Controlling Authority for Milk and Milk Products). Every certified dairy product has an EU number – an oval stamp containing the company’s number and country of origin. We are recognised by the Dutch government under the number NL Z1977 EG.
We started compiling a manual in 2001 in order to gain certification according to the BRC Guidelines for Food Safety. We have been certified since 2002, BRC stands for British Retail Consortium. This certification has developed into a worldwide recognised food safety norm and has been awarded to over 8,000 food companies in more than 80 countries.
In just one certificate, the BRC certification recognises that we fulfill all the requirements of supermarkets and retailers. It guarantees that our products are of high quality and, in particular, have been processed in a safe environment. We take food safety seriously and consider it essential to ensure our food is safely produced under any circumstances. We guarantee only the best quality. The BRC certification is awarded to recognised companies that are authorised to carry out inspections according to the BRC Guidelines and, providing it meets these criteria, to receive the certification. Once certified, the company is thoroughly and completely inspected every year and the certification renewed.
From early 2014 is DeJong Cheese also IFS certified at higher level. IFS Standards are developed for and through all involved parties in the supply chain, which would like to use uniform standards to ensure safety and quality of food and non-food products and related services. IFS Standards help to comply with all legal food and non-food safety and quality requirements and give common and transparent standards to all concerned suppliers and service providers as well as a concrete and strong answer to the high safety and quality expectations of customers.