K in action:
Kesko’s own lab monitors the quality of Pirkka and K-Menu products
Kesko's Product Quality Manager Timo Kivi and Product Research Manager Heta Rautpalo
In 2015, the Product Research laboratory analysed 8,037 product samples and conducted 20,396 analyses.
Since the spring of 2015, the laboratory has focused on monitoring the quality of groceries and, above all, on microbiological determinations, such as monitoring salmonella and listeria levels.
All new own-brand products – those in the Pirkka and K-Menu ranges – are analysed carefully several times.
“Each new product to be included in the range goes through a multi-stage survey which consists of lab analyses and sensory evaluations. The quality and safety of the first finished lot of a new product are checked before the product is approved for sale. In accordance with our lot monitoring plan, we also regularly check that the quality of the product remains at the required high level,” says Kesko’s Product Quality Manager, Timo Kivi.
The quality of the lab’s performance is assessed every year
The Product Research laboratory is a T251 testing laboratory that has been accredited by the FINAS accreditation services. It is the only research laboratory for trading sector own-label products that has been approved to comply with the SFSEN ISO/IEC 17025 standard.
An annual accreditation survey is conducted in which external reviewers of the FINAS accreditation services assess the performance and quality of the laboratory and its analyses.
The quality of measurements and accuracy of results are ensured when analysis methods are validated and measuring instruments are calibrated. The laboratory annually participates in comparative surveys in which several laboratories from different countries assess factors such as the salt content of the same sample.