Pig Business Facts

Food Safety Management

 

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) also issues certification based on the implementation and continued operation of food safety management systems via ISO 22000:2005. This gives specific requirements for a food safety management system where an organisation in the food chain needs to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards to ensure that food is safe at the time of human consumption. It is applicable to all organisations involved in the food chain who want to implement systems that consistently provide safe products.

Agri Plus, Smithfield’s hog production subsidiary in Poland, have achieved this accreditation via the implementation of their Food Safety Management System, which encompasses the safe production and transport of feed to its contracted farms. In addition the introduction of HACCP systems in all Animex Group fodder mills guarentees microbiological food safety. This fodder production is done in co-operation with the Animal Food Institute of Poland.

Food safety requirements set by international customers including BRC or IFS systems have been implemented by Animex, Smithfield’s processing subsidiary, and the relevant certification obtained. The entire production process is supervised by veterinary inspectors and both raw materials and processed products are testing within internal laboratories and also regularly by Sanepid – the State Sanitary Authority – and IRHAS – the State Inspection Office of Food Products.

Every animal on Smithfield farms is allocated a farm number which allows each meat plant to trace each piece of meat to the final product. This provides complete farm to fork traceability and the process is inspected by internal and external audit bodies as part of regular audit activities.

In the US Smtihfield’ vertical integration helps maintain control of product safety throughout the supply chain. All facilities and processes have rigourous food safety practices and in 2006 the Smithfield Packing subsidiary became the largest fresh pork company in the world to be 100% USDA (United States Dept of Agriculture) Process Verified. In addition all Smithfield Foods US processing facilities operate under HACCP systems designed to address all reasonably occurring physical, chemical and biological hazards. Facilities are audited eight times per year in addition to ongoing US government inspections.

The use of antibiotics as growth promoters has been illegal throughout the EU for many years as a precaution to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance in humans. In Poland, farmers use antibiotics under strict veterinary control to treat sick or injured animals and to prevent the spread of disease. There are also strict regulations on antibiotic withdrawal timelines – the length of time needed to allow the antibiotics to clear the animal’s system before slaughter.

 

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