MLC certifies food-grade operations management to FSSC 22000 standards

March 7, 2023

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Mississippi Lime Company (MLC), a leading global supplier of high-calcium lime products and technical solutions, has completed certification to assure that all its food-grade operations meet the standards of FSSC 22000, a food safety management scheme recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

The company’s line of VitaCal® Food-Grade Calcium Hydroxides and Oxides are differentiated by their high purity and specialized manufacturing process. Their unique properties make them valuable in many food and beverage applications, where low levels of impurities and good calcium bioavailability are crucial properties.

“FSSC 22000 is a gold standard because it goes beyond a check-the-boxes approach to food safety — it is more process-focused. We have already achieved excellent results with AIB auditing and certification at our food-grade operations. Adding the certification for FSSC 22000 provides additional assurance that we are continuously conforming to processes and controls that prevent contamination, protect quality and safeguard the food supply chain,” said Paul Hogan, MLC President and CEO.

VitaCal® products are used as ingredients and processing aids in foods and beverages, as well as in the synthesis of food-grade ingredients. For example, food-grade calcium hydroxide is commonly used in the production of corn products, tortillas, snack foods, fortified drinks and flow conditioners for table salt and flour.

VitaCal® Food-Grade Calcium Hydroxides and Oxides are manufactured at MLC’s operation in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., the largest lime facility in the Americas. MLC is the only U.S. producer for these materials that offers grades to meet the standards of the U.S. FDA and the specifications of the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC). MLC’s food-grade products are also certified as Kosher, and the full Ste. Genevieve MLC site is covered by an ISO 9001:2015 certification for quality management.

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About Mississippi Lime Company
Mississippi Lime Company (“MLC”), headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is a leading global supplier of high-calcium lime products and technical solutions. These offerings bring essential performance and value to a broad range of market applications, including metals, construction, chemical synthesis, water and emissions treatment, glass, textiles, plastics, rubber, agriculture, foods and beverages. With over a century in business, MLC has built a reputation on the quality of its products and services, as well as an unwavering commitment to safety, sustainability and service. The company’s expanding global footprint includes a diversified, reliable network of production and distribution facilities in the U.S., as well as in the UK through our Singleton Birch business.