U.S. STEEL IS FIRST STEEL PRODUCER TO MEET DIETARY GUIDELINES OF RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR ORGANIZATIONS
U.S. STEEL IS FIRST STEEL PRODUCER TO MEET DIETARY GUIDELINES
OF RELIGIOUS AND SECULAR ORGANIZATIONS
PITTSBURGH, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Steel Group, a unit of USX Corporation, (NYSE: X) today was formally certified as the first steel producer to meet the strict dietary packaging requirements of a variety of religious and secular organizations representing more than a billion consumers world-wide.
A formal certification agreement was signed by Reuben L. Perin, executive vice president of sales for U.S. Steel, and Rabbi Jonah Gewirtz, chairman of Certified Shipping Packaging Transport, Inc. (CSPT) of Silver Spring, Md. That organization was established to identify and certify food and beverage container materials which comply with the religious, philosophical and health-related standards of Jewish, Islamic, Seventh Day Adventist and other groups.
The certification involves tin mill products, for steel food and beverage cans, and cold rolled sheet, used for steel drums in which bulk foodstuffs such as shortening are shipped. U.S. Steel's Gary Works, Fairfield Works, and Mon Valley/Fairless Works, and the USS-POSCO joint venture at Pittsburg, Calif., are covered by the certification.
In connection with signing of the agreement today, a national panel of industry, religious and educational leaders discussed the certification procedure; its significance in reflecting sound quality management in response to consumer needs; and the importance of steel's recyclability and tamper-resistant strength as a container material.
U.S. Steel's certification comes as a result of the company's making changes in the lubricants it uses in steel processing -- eliminating the presence of any animal fats -- and its careful review of annealing processes.
Gewirtz said the "certified steel" mark earned by U.S. Steel "will assure members of the groups represented by Certified Shipping Packaging Transport that they can buy and use food and beverages shipped or packaged in containers made of U.S. Steel product.
"We commend U.S. Steel on the responsive and innovative steps which it has been willing to take to address the dietary needs of this large and varied group of consumers," Gewirtz added. "In turn, we encourage those consumers in the groups we serve to recognize and support U.S. Steel's efforts when they make their choices out in the marketplace."
Perin said that "U.S. Steel is extremely proud to be the first steel company to pass the rigorous inspection procedure necessary to obtain the Certified Steel' mark. We feel this step is a reflection of the commitment by our company and its employees to be responsive to the specific needs of certain customers and consumer groups," Perin said. "That commitment is an important element of U.S. Steel's overall efforts at quality management and product integrity."
Perin noted that U.S. Steel serves a container market which includes production of 32 billion steel food and beverage cans and 37 million steel drums annually. Additionally, 80 million steel pails are produced each year.
The "Certified Steel" program represents the combined efforts of a variety of organizations concerned about packaging and the special dietary requirements of the consumers at which it is aimed.
Development of the certification program involved the General Conference of the Seventh Day Adventists; the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America; the Star K Kosher Certification organization; the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America; the Steel Shipping Container Institute (SSCI), and the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI).
Several of the panelists stressed the importance of steel's recyclability in connection with its status as a container material acceptable to groups with philosophical or health-related dietary concerns.
"While the Certified Steel' program for many consumers involves meeting strict dietary package requirements, many of these same consumers also express concerns about the environment by purchasing recyclable packaging materials," said Bill Heenan, president of the Steel Can Recycling Institute.
"Steel is by far the world's most recycled material and it certainly addresses those concerns," Heenan added. "All steel containers -- including food and beverage cans (sometimes called tin' cans) and steel drums and pails -- are recyclable and are currently an important part of many curbside, drop-off and buy-back recycling programs. As a result, the rate of recycling for steel containers has steadily increased. In 1990, 24.6 percent of all steel cans were recycled, an increase of 37 percent from the 1989 rate."
Participants in the panel discussion, besides Gewirtz and Perin and Heenan, included: Dr. Joe Regenstein, professor of Food Science at Cornell University; Thorvald (Dick) Larson Jr., president of the Steel Shipping Container Institute; David Jeanes, vice president of market development for the American Iron and Steel Institute; Rabbi Menachem Genack and Rabbi Moshe Bernstein of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America; Dr. Ahmad H. Sakr and Dr. Mohammed Chaudry of the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council, and Rabbi Moshe Heinemann and Dr. Avrom Pollak of the Star-K Kosher Certification Organization.
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