St. Louis food quality, safety firm expands marijuana industry

CSQ’s certification program and standards serve to protect brands by minimizing risk and ensuring that legal requirements are met.

ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis company that began pest control in the 1940s and became a major player in the certification of food quality and safety has expanded into the marijuana industry.

ASI Food Safety, which provides audits, training and advice, has added a new department, Cannabis Safety & Quality (CSQ), which offers quality certifications with third party accredited audits and quality certifications from seed to sale, just as it has been for years in the food and nutritional supplement industry.

“We are the only cannabis certification program accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) National Accreditation Committee,” said Tyler Williams, 27, founder and chief technology officer of CSQ. His mother, Charray Williams, bought ASI on a Small Business Administration loan in 2015 after working there for 15 years. ASI sales were around $ 5 million in 2020.

CSQ’s certification program and standards serve to protect brands by minimizing risk and ensuring that legal requirements are met. In 2020, CSQ designed the standards in such a way that they correspond to national and international requirements.

CSQ released the standards on Jan. 4th and issued its first certifications to New York-based Curaleaf, a 23-state cannabis product company, and Florida-based retailer One Plant. Thirteen of the top 25 cannabis companies, based on sales or valuation, have committed to getting certified, Williams said.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in food safety and certification in international food law from Michigan State University.

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