Air Liquide Canada obtains FSSC 22000 food safety certification for its liquid carbon dioxide facilities

Air Liquide Canada obtains FSSC 22000 food safety certification for its liquid 
carbon dioxide facilities 
MONTREAL, Jan. 30, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Air Liquide Canada, a subsidiary of the 
Air Liquide Group, the world leader in gases for industry, health and the 
environment, today announced that all its carbon dioxide production 
(liquefaction) plants in Canada have obtained Food Safety System Certification 
22000, an internationally-recognised standard for food safety systems. This 
certification initiative is part of a benchmarking application of the Global 
Food Safety Initiative (GSFI), whose mission is to provide continuous 
improvement offood safety management systems, with a vision of "safe food 
for consumers everywhere." 
In this way, Air Liquide Canada can assure its agrifood and beverage industry 
customers, who must meet today's strict food safety standards, that its carbon 
dioxide production facilities have been audited and certified for effective 
risk management, hygiene in its facilities, and Food safety excellence in 
operations and employee training. 
"We're proud to support our customers, and their customers in turn, by 
providing impeccable quality in our products for use in the agrifood and 
beverage industries, and we are one of the first companies in our sector here 
in Canada that can offer our customers the assurance this FSSC certification 
represents," said Adam Peters, president and CEO of Air Liquide Canada. "Our 
employees have worked diligently to meet this new certification and it 
certainly is something our teams have a right to be proud of." 
Liquid carbon dioxide is used for cryogenic freezing and surface hardening of 
food products as well as temperature control during food mixing and blending 
processes to ensure the cold chain management. In its gaseous state, carbon 
dioxide is used as a key ingredient of carbonated beverages and for preserving 
freshness in foods, and for providing nutrition and supporting healthy growth 
to vegetables in greenhouses. 
Air Liquide Canada owns and operates liquid carbon dioxide plants and depots 
in Moncton, New Brunswick, Varennes, Quebec, in Courtright and Hamilton, 
Ontario, in Medecine Hat, Fort Saskatchewan and Woking, Alberta and Langley, 
British Columbia with capacity to serve its customers from coast-to-coast. 
Air Liquide in Canada 
Founded in 1911, Air Liquide Canada has over 2200 employees and serves more 
than 80,000 customers in Canada's aeronautics, automotive, agrifood, chemical, 
defence, electronics, energy, metallurgy, metal fabrication, mining and 
healthcare industries from sites in key industrial locations from coast to 
Industrial Merchant activities of Air Liquide 
The Industrial Merchant business line manages the production and distribution 
of industrial gases in bulk systems and cylinders, and provides customers with 
the applications and services required for their implementation. Its customers 
range from tradesmen to major businesses and use industrial gases in 5 key 
sectors: food and pharmaceuticals, automobile and manufacturing, crafts and 
distribution, materials and energy, and technology and research. For 2011, the 
Industrial Merchant business line generated revenue of €4,892 million. 
|Air Liquide is the world leader in gases for industry, health and the|
|environment, and is present in 80 countries with 46,200 employees.   |
|Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and rare gases have been at the core of   |
|Air Liquide's activities since its creation in 1902. Using these     |
|molecules, Air Liquide continuously reinvents its business,          |
|anticipating the needs of current and future markets. The Group      |
|innovates to enable progress, to achieve dynamic growth and a        |
|consistent performance.                                              |
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|Innovative technologies that curb polluting emissions, lower         |
|industry's energy use, recover and reuse natural resources or develop|
|the energies of tomorrow, such as hydrogen, biofuels or photovoltaic |
|energy… Oxygen for hospitals, home healthcare, fighting        |
|nosocomial infections… Air Liquide combines many products and  |
|technologies to develop valuable applications and services not only  |
|for its customers but also for society.                              |
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|A partner for the long term, Air Liquide relies on employee          |
|commitment, customer trust and shareholder support to pursue its     |
|vision of sustainable, competitive growth. The diversity of          |
|Air Liquide's teams, businesses, markets and geographic presence     |
|provides a solid and sustainable base for its development and        |
|strengthens its ability to push back its own limits, conquer new     |
|territories and build its future.                                    |
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|Air Liquide explores the best that air can offer to preserve life,   |
|staying true to its sustainable development approach. In 2011, the   |
|Group's revenues amounted to €14.5 billion, of which more than |
|80% were generated outside France. Air Liquide is listed on the Paris|
|Euronext stock exchange (compartment A) and is a member of the CAC 40|
|and Dow Jones Euro Stoxx 50 indexes.                                 |
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Air Liquide Canada Daniel Richard Manager, Communications 514-846-7735 
514-260-4548 (Cellulaire) 
Anne-Sophie Davy Consultant, Communications 514 846-6112 
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