Good quality products can only come from the finest raw materials. Then strict attention to detail using well designed production systems, the right equipment and competent, well trained employees ensures the correct final result.
For Simunye Beef this process begins on the farm where SMI works with the farmer thus giving the best possible start to the process.
SMI’s quality systems are designed to ensure compliance to British Retail consortium (BRC) standards and best practices plus of course compliance to the EU regulations. These include our Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and traceability programmes; the HACCP programme was implemented in 1998 and is thus well established. The export plant has been BRC certified since 2014 and can be found on their supplier directory (www.brcdirectory.co.uk ).
The advantage of having multi-national customers means that we also benefit from their expertise and ideas. This is especially so for SMI’s quality department which receives assistance from the Norwegian Independent Meat and Poultry Association (Kjøtt-og fjørfebransjens Landsforbund, KLF). Their interest is to ensure we are meeting the high standards required for entry into Norway, but all of SMI’s customers receive the benefit of their work.
SUPERVISION BY THE VETERINARY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT.
As required by the EU and Swaziland’s Veterinary Public Health Act, SMI’s operations are regulated by the Department of Veterinary and Livestock services to ensure high quality for both food safety and hygiene standards. To do this 19 highly qualified members of their Veterinary Public Health Department are stationed here. Their personnel include two veterinarians, 14 meat inspectors and three laboratory staff.
The duties of this department include ante and post mortem inspection, meat inspection, supervision of carcase maturation, environmental inspection and regular microbiological measurements with for example weekly swabs from SMI personnel, the equipment and meat products.