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Zeelandia is ready for a titanium dioxide-free era

Recently the European Commission proposed to remove titanium dioxide (E171) from the closed list of allowed additives in the EU.

 

Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a naturally occurring oxide of titanium, sourced from minerals. It is used in a wide range of goods, such as toothpaste and hygiene and pharmaceutical products. Titanium dioxide is also widely used in the food industry as an additive (E171), because of its colour and opacifying properties. In bakery, it is being used in e.g. water-based bakery fillings, instant custard mixes and various white coverings.

 

In the last few years however, the use of E171 in food products has been the subject of debate. In the European Union titanium dioxide will be deleted from the 1st of January 2022 from the allowed list of colours in foodstuff and from the 1st of July there is a complete ban for putting on shelves products containing titanium dioxide.

For the last years Zeelandia has been working on developing solutions without titanium dioxide. We are prepared with our technical solutions and we adapted and developed numerous products free of TiO2. We are able to offer solutions without the additive well in time to assure compliance with the new EU legislation.

 

If you have any questions on this topic, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will support you and give advice on your recipes and products.

Zeelandia is ready for a titanium dioxide-free era

Zeelandia East Africa is FSSC-22000:2018 certified

Pictured, Matthijs Spiering (Director) and Paul Njuguna (FSSC team leader) received on behalf of Zeelandia East Africa the FSSC Certificate in the presence of Benson Githae (Certification Manager) of Bureau Veritas.

Zeelandia East Africa commenced the process of food safety certification back in April 2019.

This was as a result of customer enquiries on our food safety status, and regulatory requirements by our standard body for all companies to using their standard marks to have some sort of food safety certification.

We settled on FSSC-22000:2018 being the most updated and which also aligned with our food safety needs.

We now have a food safety management team which overseas the implementation process of the food safety system that cuts across  all departments.

Our food safety is managed , by a set of SOPS{STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE} PPRs{Pre=requisite programs} ,a food defence system and an elaborate customer complaint management system and effective Quality control system.

Management review of the process is also key to the successful implementation of the process.

 

The certification process saw us undergo a set of audits.

The audit was carried out in two phases by a global certifying body Bureau Veritas who also have their centre in Nairobi.

  1. Stage 1 audit carried out in July 06/2020. Several observations were made which comprised about  16 action  points to be closed before main audit.
  2. Stage 2 audit carried out on July 28-30/2020:Four minor non conformities were raised and which we closed effectively.

Through the coordination and time put in by the  Zeelandia East Africa's Food Safety management team, we are proud to state that we are now FSSC - 22000:2018 certified.

Zeelandia East Africa is FSSC-22000:2018 certified

COVID-19 measures

Our proactive and preventative measures with regards to the coronavirus.

COVID-19 Measures


As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to evolve, we want to assure you that Zeelandia is taking all the necessary proactive and preventative measures to make sure that any possible disruption of our service to you that might occur under these circumstances, is minimised.

Our corporate crisis team continuously monitors the development throughout all the countries in which we operate. In close contact with our national teams, taking into account local situations and national regulations, we make sure that appropriate action plans both locally and globally are in place safeguarding the health and safety of our staff, our business relations and the communities in which we operate while ensuring business continuity towards you.

Precautionary measures towards our personnel and locations already include extensive travel and meeting restrictions, guiding employees in their daily habits to prevent infection, with health and teleworking policies in place, strict guidelines for accepting truck drivers and contractors and with no other visitors allowed to our production sites.

Preventive measures towards the continuity of our production, supply chain and distribution to our customers include an intergral production back-up plan aligned across our global Zeelandia production network, a full inventory, continous monitoring and sourcing plan for all future ingredients and raw materials supply, building additional stock for supplies that are deemed essential and continuously coordinating logistics to safeguard the delivery of your products.

We deeply value the business we do together and you can be assured that we continue to take our responsibility and actions to safeguard our supply chain and service to you in these matters.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or specific concerns so that we can address these with you directly.


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COVID-19 measures

East Africa Bakery & Pastry Expo

2019 People's Choice.

The bakery and confectionery industry is one of the fastest growing industries in East Africa. The emergence of a significant middle-class, urbanisation and the expansion of modern habits by busy, health conscious and well-informed consumers are equally raising the consumption of bakery products in East Africa. This has seen a change in the way people consume bakery products.

Global and regional manufactures and suppliers of equipment and associated services showcase their capacities and capabilities at the East Africa Bakery and Pastry Expo. A platform that is aimed at benefiting the baking, catering and confectionery business.

With its extensive experience in production of bread mixes, confectionery products, release agents and adoption of new technologies, Zeelandia East Africa showcased at the 2019 East Africa Bakery and Pastry Expo.

Our capable team took the customers through Zeelandia's range of products and inspired them with new ingredients and better ways to bake and sell. This one on one interaction with customers served as an aid in establishing and designing consumer and customer- oriented solutions.

In addition to the customer interactions, we were honoured to take home the 2019 People's Choice Award from the Expo. All this was thanks to the votes you accorded us. We aspire to provide customers with tailor-made solutions and breakthrough ideas.

From May 28th - May 30th, the East Africa Bakery and Pastry Expo will be held at the Sarit Expo Centre. We will showcase and we look forward to exploring the world of baking with you.

East Africa Bakery & Pastry Expo

Halal Certification

All our bakery ingredients are now fully Halal Certified.

The Halal industry is among the world's fastest growing global business trends with a built - in consumer base of more than 2 billion spread across the world. 

It has become the answer to many of the world's consumer concerns regarding the safety and the wholesomeness of products on offer.

As Abdulghafur Ganatra - Chairman of Kenya Bureau of Halal Certification (KBHC) - states, KBHC has attained considerable success in improving on the Halal industry in the country. Within a few years since it started its operations, there has been a growing awareness about the need to ensure that the dietary laws of muslims are catered for.

As such, Zeelandia East Africa has taken the necessary steps to ensure the inclusion of muslims dietary laws are abided by. In this regard, all our bakery ingredients are now fully Halal Certified.

Halal Certification