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Arla Foods Bangladesh reinforces its commitment to safety and quality

Counting since March 9, 2017, the producers of the nation’s beloved powder milk brand Dano, has not faced any safety-related issues for nearly five and a half years

Update : 30 Aug 2022, 06:01 PM

The factory of Arla Foods Bangladesh, a subsidiary of European dairy cooperative Arla Foods, reached a safety milestone seldom seen, as it celebrated 2000 days without a single lost time accident (LTA).

Counting since March 9, 2017, the producers of the nation’s beloved powder milk brand Dano, has not faced any safety-related issues for nearly five and a half years, reads a press release. 

A lost time accident is an on-the-job accident that results in an employee being absent from the workplace for a minimum of one day.

Over the years, Arla Foods Bangladesh has been practising a number of stringent methods to ensure the safety standards prevalent at the factory premises. 

Notable activities include implementing Arla Global Cornerstone Program (Behavioral Safety program) at the site, consistent training (Classroom training, Tool box training etc) and evaluation program for employees, transparent reporting culture at the site through the Arla Global safety reporting system etc. 

Such initiatives enabled the Arla Bangladesh factory to be considered as one of the benchmarks for safety standards within global Arla facilities.

Ambassador of Denmark in Bangladesh Winnie Estrup Petersen, Vice President, Head of South East Asia of Arla Foods Bas Padberg, Managing Director of Arla Foods Bangladesh Peter Hallberg and Director of Mutual Group Farzana Azim joined the celebrations today at the factory in Konabari, Gazipur. 

In her speech, the Ambassador of Denmark in Bangladesh Winnie Estrup Petersen stated: “This year Denmark is celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations with Bangladesh. However, Arla Foods have been present here for much longer than that and is contributing to the nutritional needs of the nation. I would like to congratulate Arla Bangladesh on their wonderful achievement.”

Stressing on the significance of 2000 days LTA free stretch, Managing Director of Arla Foods Bangladesh Peter Hallberg expressed: “A safe and healthy workplace not only protects employees from injury and illness but can also lower subsequent costs, improve productivity and quality while upholding employee morale.”

”As a responsible company, we feel obligated towards our colleagues and their families to ensure a secure work environment. This humble achievement is a testament to that obligation,” he added.

Echoing the celebratory sentiments, Vice President, Head of South East Asia of Arla Foods Bas Padberg said: “In any business, quality and safety go hand-in-hand. Our commitment to ensuring safety only compliments our sense of responsibility towards providing our customers with the best quality products. The achievement of the Bangladesh team is a great example of Arla’s global commitment.”

Earlier this year, as a testament to its adherence to safety, Arla Foods Bangladesh Limited received the  Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 (Version 5.1), an internationally accepted certification developed as a recognizable standard against which a food safety management system can be audited and certified. 

The packaging facility has been operated by Arla Foods Bangladesh since 2014 and is located in Konabari, Gazipur. 

Its portfolio currently includes Dano Power, Dano Growth Shakti and Dano Daily Pushti facilitating dairy nutrition to millions of Bangladeshi consumers every month.


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