Research and development

Kesko and K Group stores together with suppliers are responsible to the products' end-users for ensuring that the products comply with all the requirements of Finnish and EU legislation, are safe for users and meet quality promises. Product labelling complies with legislative requirements and the recommendations of authorities. All food product operations have a self-control plan in place, as required by law.

The assessment of the health and safety impacts of products is part of the operations of the Product Research Unit of Kesko's grocery trade. The manufacturers of Kesko's own brand food products are required to have international certifications that assure product safety. The standards approved by Kesko's grocery trade include BRC, IFS, FSSC 22000 and GlobalGAP.

The Product Research Unit's laboratory monitors the product safety and quality of the own brand products and own imports in the grocery trade. It is a testing laboratory T251 which has been accredited by the FINAS accreditation services and approved to comply with the SFS-EN ISO/IEC 17025 standard.

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