Alltech Serdan Receives ISO 9001:2000 Certification
[Serdan, Mexico] - Global animal health company Alltech recently received ISO 9001:2000 certification for its plant in Serdan, Mexico. The plant includes a state of the art solid-state fermentation facility, the first of its kind in North America. Alltech Serdan produces several Alltech products including De-Odorase ?, Allzyme? SSF, and Allzyme Vegpro?.
"Alltech is 100% committed to having every facility certified to the highest standards," states Mark Lyons, Director of International Projects. "Consumers demand total traceability and total transparency from their suppliers. Alltech is leading this trend and in so doing achieving our goal of exceeding our customers' expectations."
Alltech Serdan is home to Alltech's solid-state fermentation facility, and INYUCA, its yucca processing plant. Much like the name suggests, solid-state fermentation is a process in which enzymes are carefully grown on a solid substrate. Enzymes produced by SSF are proven highly effective in breaking down a variety of feedstuffs, including soy, wheat, barley and many more commonly used feed ingredients. In the future this technology will be used to expand the range of feed ingredients that can be used to decrease costs and allow for the use of non-traditional and inexpensive byproducts as feed ingredients. Alltech's Medal of Excellence 2005 recipient, Prof. Mingan Choct, discussed this idea at Alltech's Symposium in May as a future solution for global food shortages. The Allzyme range represents Alltech's fastest growing product class.
Alltech also produces a natural odor-reducing product, De-Odorase, from the locally grown yucca plant. Alltech works with local landowners who work with agronomic specialists to establish harvest and replanting schedules. Through a controlled harvest, Alltech is able to maintain product consistency and quality through the use of specific yucca plant species that have been found to be the most effective.
Alltech Serdan currently employs 150 people, but will soon begin an expansion that will effectively double production capacity and increase the number of employees to 250.
On Wednesday, July 13th, Alltech Serdan will have its annual open day, where more than 1000 guests will attand. The Mayor of Serdan, Mr. Antonio Zacaula and the Secretary for the Development and Foreign Investment from the state of Puebla, Lic. Fernanda Diaz will open the event.
2005 marks Alltech's 25th year in the animal feed and food business. In the span of those 25 years, Alltech's presence has grown into a multinational company with offices and distributors in 85 countries and more than 1,500 employees around the world. Alltech recently held its 21st Annual Feed Industry Symposium, which was attended by more than 1,400 people from over 60 countries.