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CIFT kitchen incubator achieves food safety excellence

The Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK), managed by CIFT, achieved a superior score on a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) third party food safety audit.

EAGLE Certification Group conducted the extensive audit that assessed the facility condition and food safety processes and provided independent, third party verification that the GMP program is effective and robust.  Several dozen small businesses use the Bowling Green, Ohio based kitchen incubator to produce food products sold at retail locations.  Achieving this exceptional score assures retailers, as well as customers, brokers and other parties that these products were manufactured in a facility that is regularly monitoring product safety, sanitation and facility design and integrity.

CIFT has worked with small and startup companies since the center’s inception in 1995 by providing product development guidelines, resources and marketing direction to entrepreneurs involved in the production of value-added food products.  Technical capabilities, including nutritional analysis and shelf-life stability testing, ensure safe production of products.

“CIFT is delighted to achieve such high marks in this third party audit,” said Rebecca A. Singer, president and CEO, CIFT. “The organization is pleased to continue to provide an affordable venue for entrepreneurs to develop a concept into a commercially viable food product – all within a facility that strives for the highest standard in food safety.”

For nearly 25 years, woman-owned EAGLE has built a strong reputation on providing first, second and third party auditing services that are objective and value-added.  The company holds thousands of active certificates, and utilizes more than 100 auditors to serve 15 countries around the world.

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