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Murray Hill, New Jersey, U.S., October 15, 2012, 2012 - Linde North America has received FSSC 22000 certification for its nineteen beverage-grade carbon dioxide (CO2) facilities. FSSC 22000 is a rigorous standard that falls under the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmark, established by GFSI to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide.

Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company. The Global Food Safety Initiative is a business-driven initiative for the continuous improvement of food safety management, providing a platform for collaboration among some of the world's leading food safety experts from retailer, manufacturer and food service companies, service providers associated with the food supply chain, international organizations, academia and government.

Sal Calandra, head of Quality & Food Safety for Linde North America, said, “Congratulations to all employees involved in achieving certification. Consistent gas quality can be critical in the food and beverage industry for controlling microorganisms, extending shelf life, and maintaining product quality. Linde beverage-grade CO2 plant processes are continuously monitored and controlled within strict quality parameters so beverage customers can be assured of consistent high-purity, food-grade gases. This certification was truly an excellent group effort, which goes a long way toward assuring secure production facilities.”

Based on feedback from Linde customers and SGS North America, the auditing firm that certified Linde to the standard, Linde is leading the gases industry in food safety certification.

Tony Perkins, senior vice president, SGS North America, said, “Certifying to FSSC 22000 is a challenge for any single site organization. However, Linde has demonstrated its strong commitment for a food safety management system by implementing and achieving FSSC 22000 certification for nineteen CO2 sites across the United States. The system has been designed in such a way that eases implementation without compromising food safety and has been integrated seamlessly with Linde’s existing quality system. Congratulations on their excellent job.”

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 51,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2011 financial year, it generated revenue of EUR 13.787 bn. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment– in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The Group is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

For more information, visit Linde North America online at http://www.lindeus.com.

Contact:

Amy Ficon

Linde Corporate Communications

Phone 908-771-1491, Fax 908-771-1460

Amy.Ficon@linde.com