Grain Processing Corporation (GPC) was recently awarded ISO 17025 lab accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation. The ISO 17025 accreditation is the most noteworthy standard for testing and calibration laboratories worldwide. This voluntary certification proves the competency of the staff and successful operation of the MALTRIN® and microbiology labs.
“Quality is very important, not only to the Quality group, but the entire organization. Our goal is to meet and exceed customer expectations. The success of GPC is due to the quality of our products,” said Rani Thomas, VP of Quality and Regulatory Affairs for GPC.
This endorsement proves that the testing in Kent Corporation laboratories is trusted and accurate. Additionally, it verifies that the equipment used at GPC is calibrated and up to date, that the staff is properly trained, and that the company has passed proficiency tests for accuracy.
This certification is one of many voluntary accreditations that Kent Corporation and its subsidiaries have earned. Additional certifications include an internationally recognized quality and food safety certification from Global Food Safety Initiative certification for the Alcohol and MALTRIN® divisions, GMA Safe certification for GPC’s starch division, GMP B+ for the Co-Products division, and additional certifications for GPC’s alcohol Lab from the Tax Tariff Bureau.
“These certifications show our customers that we are the best at what we do. They see the proof of these certifications and they continue to work with us,” said Thomas.
GPC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kent Corporation, is an essential part of the Muscatine and Washington communities, supplying hundreds of jobs to local workers. Each year, the company purchases more than $400 million of corn annually from regional farmers. This local commodity is used to produce GPC’s products including food and pharmaceutical grade alcohol, starches, fibers, corn oil, and maltodextrins for functional food ingredients and ingredients for livestock and pet foods.