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Quality Assurance

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Dublin, Ohio, is now the center of quality and testing for food
giant Nestlé. The $9.7 billion company, best known as the makers of Butterfinger, Nesquick, Lean Cuisine and Toll House
chocolate chips, recently completed a $31 million investment
in the Nestlé Quality Assurance Center (NQAC) in the Columbus suburb. The expanded facility doubled in size to 82,000
square feet and now boasts a 32,000 microbiology lab, renovated chemistry lab and facility to increase the capacity and safety
of tested products.
"As we celebrate our 150th anniversary, the Nestlé Quality Assurance
Center exemplifies what we mean
when we say, 'at Nestlé, quality means
more,'" said Edgar Vanegas, NQAC
Regional Manager, Americas. "We
recognize that we have a responsibility to the public and hold all of our
foods and beverages to the highest
safety and quality standards. This is a
responsibility we never take lightly."
The Dublin NQAC has the capability to test virtually every Nestlé product, ingredient and manufacturing
environment to verify they conform
to regulatory requirements and the
company's quality and safety standards, the company says. More than
220 chemists, microbiologists, food
scientists, quality specialists and support staff specializing in laboratory
services, factory hygiene and food
safety systems work at the facility.
Following the expansion, the Dublin
NQAC is the largest and most sophisticated testing facility in Nestlé's global network. Many of the test results
and quality advancements made at the
Dublin facility are expected to impact
the company's global supply chain.
"At Nestlé, each and every employees is accountable for food quality
and safety, and we are investing in
the leading tools in the world to ensure quality that allows our millions of
consumers to have confidence in our

products," Gregory Pritchard, vice
president of quality management for
Nestlé USA, said. "We aim to earn
consumer trust by never compromising on quality in anything we do."
The company says the renovated
center incorporates sustainability
efforts through the use of natural
refrigerants, complying with many
LEED requirements, a variety of
MERV and HEPA filtration options,
natural lighting and rapidly-renewable building materials.

Nestlé is a supporter of the Food
Safety Modernization Act, a 2011 law
that aims to ensure a safe food supply
by shifting the focus from responding
to contamination to prevention. The
investment in the Dublin NQAC will
help the company exceed regulator's
expectations for the verification of the
quality and safety of ingredients, the
verification of environmental hygiene
and the assurance of finished production quality and safety, the company
says. To further enhance food safety
efforts, Nestlé is joining the Partnership for Food Safety Education by
supporting "The Story of Your Dinner" communication program. The
program is an invitation to consumers
to participate in eliminating foodborne illnesses.
"Together, the NQACs around the
world perform more than 3 million
analyses per year for the full range of
Nestlé products," Aaron Ayres, head
of Americas NQAC, said.

>> NQAC will help the company exceed regulator's expectations for the verification of the quality and safety of ingredients.

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