Validus says its quality management system has received ISO 9001:2000 certification, an international standard of quality for quality management.

The certification, which requires an independent third-part audit, provides assurance to Validus customers that the company follows the highest quality standards for their own assessments, audits, plans and educational services developed for food producers, processors and retailers.

ISO, the world’s largest developer of standards, is a non-governmental organization made up of 157 countries. ISO 9001:2000 certification focuses on how a company can verify that it is producing a quality product or service.

According to Earl Dotson, Validus president and chief executive officer, the certification represents the difference between delivering practical and effective services to clients and simply creating additional paperwork. It also gives consumers additional confidence when they see Validus’ animal welfare, environmental responsibility or on-farm security certification logos at the grocery store. Validus will be audited each year to maintain its ISO 9001:2000 certification.

Visit www.iso.org for additional information about ISO and its certification processes. More information about Validus’ certification is available at www.validusservices.com.

Source: Validus news release