Hainan DIC Microalgae manufactures spirulina-based nutritional supplements and spirulina-derived natural blue food coloring phycocyanin (trade name: Linablue®) on Hainan Island, in the People’s Republic of China.

DIC Corporation has announced that on January 23, 2017, wholly owned subsidiary Hainan DIC Microalgae Co., Ltd. earned Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 — a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). As a result, all of the spirulina cultivated by the DIC Group for use in its spirulina-based products, as well as Linablue®, are now supplied from FSSC 22000-certified facilities.

California-based Earthrise Nutritionals LLC, the DIC Group’s U.S. spirulina production subsidiary, earned FSSC 22000 certification in July 2016. In 2018, Earthrise Nutritionals plans to expand its production capacity for Linablue® by building new facilities in accordance with FSSC 22000 standards.

FSSC 22000 is a comprehensive global platform for all types of organizations that assesses food safety management systems across the supply chain — from development and manufacturing to marketing, sales, transport and storage. With rising consumer concerns for food safety and security, major global food and beverage product manufacturers and retailers with in-house brands increasingly demand that suppliers earn certification.

Hainan DIC Microalgae has created a reliable system for ensuring product safety and quality for customers, reinforced facility access management and production floor surveillance to prevent product contamination, and modified the layout of its production floors, ensuring qualification for FSSC 22000 certification.

With major food product manufacturers in the United States and Europe promoting a shift from artificial to natural food colorings, the demand for phycocyanin is expected to increase dramatically.