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Doha, Qatar – 17 November, 2016 – The Ritz-Carlton, Doha received the coveted ISO 22000 and  Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) global certifications for complying with the highest level of food safety standards and regulatory and statutory requirements. The award was presented by Mr. Selim Kseib, country chief executive of Bureau Veritas Qatar, leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) services. The award ceremony hosted at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha was attended by Mr. Mohammed Obeidat, operational risk manager of Katara Hospitality, Mr. Erden Kendigelen, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, culinary leaders of the hotel led by executive chef (master chef of France – MCF) Mr. Gael Cruchet, and members of the media.

“Being the first and sole hotel in Qatar to acquire both certifications is a proud accomplishment for our Ritz-Carlton ladies and gentlemen, for consistently upholding uncompromising standards in food safety, assuring our guests with trust when visiting our restaurants, banquets and outside catering,” said chef Gael Cruchet. “Obtaining ISO 22000 and HACCP certifications will continue to strengthen the hotel’s credibility and reputation, build customer satisfaction and trust, reduce operating costs and increase operational efficiency.”

Located on its own exclusive private island, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha is the choice destination for food and beverage and renowned for hosting diplomatic, governmental and international corporate delegations at its versatile indoor and outdoor event spaces. The hotel recently celebrated its 15th year anniversary on 17 October, 2016.

HACCP is the international platform for legislation and food manufacturing practices for all sectors of the food industry, developed in the 1960s by a team of scientists and engineers to produce “zero defects” food products for NASA astronauts. It provides a framework to produce foods safely and to prove they were produced safely based on a systematic approach to the identification, evaluation and control of food safety hazards.

ISO 22000 certification provides a complete Food Safety Management System that can be applied to organizations in the global food supply chain. ISO 22000 integrates the principles of the HACCP system and application steps developed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission of the World Health Organization.

Bureau Veritas is a governing body that offers innovative solutions that go beyond simple compliance with regulations and standards, reducing risk, improving performance and promoting sustainable development.