• Quality & Food Safety

Quality & Food Safety

In 2022 we in ESPERSEN celebrate our 85th company anniversary of producing delicious seafood with passion.

Since our founder J.P.A. Espersen sold the first cod fillets in the harbour of Bornholm, our product range has vastly enlarged. What has not changed is our commitment to meet our customers’ expectations for superior quality and safe products that comply with legal requirements at all times.

Our company values have always been part of the ESPERSEN culture for Quality and Food Safety, across all departments. Building on this strong foundation we continue to educate all employees to embrace our values so we can be proud of our products – and we have chosen to work with an external partner to assess our progress.

In our Quality and Food Safety Management System we describe the organisation and procedures to fulfil and comply with our customers’ as well as legal requirements and strive to continuously improve our systems.

We stay abreast of leading edge developments and invest in innovative equipment to minimise defects and complaints to the lowest possible level.

We are prepared to react quickly should there occur any non-conformity. Our food safety approach is risk based following a preventative HACCP program including allergen, food fraud, authenticity & integrity management. All products are tested in our internal and/or accredited external labs – following the same procedures no matter where they are produced.

All our European and Asian production sites are 3rd party certified against audit standards recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (e.g. BRC, IFS). We also have the systems in place to produce products certified against traceability, sustainability and ethical standards (e.g. MSC, ASC, RSPO or SMETA). In addition we ensure certification against explicit customer standards, and we welcome our customers to audit our facilities against their specific Quality and Food Safety Management requirements.

We are committed to investigate any complaint to make sure we learn and continuously improve in order to avoid the same non-conformity happen again. We have traceability programs, from which we are able to trace each production lot down - and upwards to all finished products, raw materials/ingredients and packaging materials. We regularly perform internal and external exercises to challenge our system.

At ESPERSEN we collaborate with our strategic customers as partners as we believe in long-term, open and honest relationships based on our values.