SGS has announced its appointment by Gate Group to deliver food safety and COVID-19 Safety Control auditing services across the company's global airline catering facilities.

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, Gate Group operates the most extensive catering network in the aviation industry, serving more than 700 million passengers annually from over 200 operating units in over 60 countries/territories across all continents.

SGS will audit facilities against Gate Group's own Food Safety Checklist and SGS's own COVID-19 Safety Control program to ensure compliance to World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on Novel Coronavirus (SARS-COV-2), the virus that spreads COVID-19.

Olivier Coppey, Executive Vice President of SGS Agriculture, Food and Life, said: "We're proud to be working with Gate Group to help speed its recovery from the impact of the pandemic. By implementing the highest standards of safety, this audit program will enable Gate Group to demonstrate to clients and customers an independently verified hygiene and food safety culture across its food premises."

"COVID-19 has brought new challenges and it is of paramount importance that we continue to provide strong support to our customers to ensure they can resume and maintain their operations with confidence."

SGS COVID-19 Safety Control

SGS designed its COVID-19 Safety Control in response to the challenges faced by the food industry during this global pandemic. It addresses the needs of businesses across the food sector to ensure they recover as quickly as possible, with the highest standards of safety, to protect employees, customers and consumers.

As a supplementary service, SGS also provides a SARS-COV-2 detection test, using the highly sensitive RT-PCR methodology, as an option, where additional information on the possible presence of this virus is required.

SGS Food Safety Audit Services

SGS offers a wide range of food safety audit services including food safety & hygiene, environmental monitoring, cleaning and disinfection practices and COVID-19 control measures, as well as a sampling and testing regime.

To find out more about SGS's portfolio of solutions, specifically developed to help the food industry recover, renew and reinforce their businesses, visit: www.sgs.com/foodcovid19.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Evangelia Komitopoulou
Global 2nd Party & Customized Solutions Manager
SGS
t: +44 (0) 78 2408 9985

About SGS

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 89,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.