1. HKScan's production plants in Finland have been certified for already 20 years. As a result of external audits carried out in the autumn 2017, updated ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015 certificates were issued for HKScan’s operations in Finland. The certificates cover the company’s locations in Vantaa, Mikkeli, Forssa and Outokumpu and its procurement, slaughter and cutting operations, as well as product development related to meat, meat products and ready meals, along with materials purchases, production, sales, marketing, exports and transportation. In addition, all of the company’s production plants in Finland have now certified FSC 22 000 product safety management systems.
2. HKScan cooperates with research institutes and participates in projects to further develop product safety. A cooperation project between HKScan, FoodSafe and the Zealand Institute of Business and Technology was started in Denmark in 2017. A new method for cleaning production facilities and equipment will be tested during this one-year project.
3. HKScan also participates in academic research on product safety. During 2017, HKScan was involved in research projects of the University of Helsinki, for example.
4. In addition, the company participates in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, which is funded by the European Commission and involves eight European university and company laboratories. The programme provides training for 15 promising young researchers for doctoral studies in microbiology for three years.