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Chalmar Beef recognised for food safety

Chalmar Beef achieved its “Food Safety System Certification” (FSSC 22000) in May 2017, following two rigorous audits conducted by Procert during 2016 and the first quarter of 2017. Led by Lindiwe Mbatha (Technical Manager) and Mieke Evans (Food Safety Team Leader), the food safety team worked hard to obtain the certification. The FSSC 22000 certification provides a framework for effectively managing an organisation’s food safety responsibilities.

Chalmar Beef achieved its “Food Safety System Certification” (FSSC 22000) in May 2017, following two rigorous audits conducted by Procert during 2016 and the first quarter of 2017. Led by Lindiwe Mbatha (Technical Manager) and Mieke Evans (Food Safety Team Leader), the food safety team worked hard to obtain the certification.

The FSSC 22000 certification provides a framework for effectively managing an organisation’s food safety responsibilities. FSSC 22000 is fully recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is based on existing ISO standards. It demonstrates that the company has a robust food safety management system in place that meets the requirements of their customers and consumers.

Chalmar Beef’s decision to engage with Procert was based on their offering of integrated audits that reduce costs, the fact that they specialise in the food industry, add value to the company in identifying risk and assist in identifying best practices.

The benefits of the FSSC 22000 certification stands Chalmar Beef in good stead, in that the company can manage risk, maintain its current customers and increase its market share.

“This certification is a huge accomplishment for us at Chalmar Beef. We strive to always produce the best product and with the FSSC 22000 certification, we are ensuring consumer trust in the supply of safe food,” comments Mieke Evans, Chief Operating Officer at Chalmar Beef.

The certification alone does not make Chalmar Beef what it is today. It is also the multi-discipline team involved in the daily operation of this company that sets it apart.

During the month of May, three of the company’s employees were enrolled in the Junior Meat Examiners course with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). This course aims to provide learners with the capability to perform meat examinations according to stipulated regulations as well as to qualify them as meat examiners in the red meat industry. It also provides opportunities for learners to develop their careers in the industry and equip them with a better understanding of their daily work. Employees enrolled are Veli, Tafadwa and Progress.

“We are very excited about the future of Chalmar Beef and our dedicated team members. We would like to become a household name and therefore need to ensure that we are always complying with industry standards for the good of our customers,” concludes Evans.

 

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