Food Safety & Refrigeration

One of the most important factors ensuring Feinschmecker continues to produce superior food products is the company’s all encompassing food safety management program. It is a general philosophy that the company and all its employees have decided to adopt in the last few years.

The strict hygiene conditions are an everyday commitment to our clients from our processing facility all the way to your receiving bay. It is the company’s aim to operate the business following the ‘Food Safety and Quality Management System’ as our top priority.

Due diligence’s according to this process are constantly performed whilst keeping in line with productivity targets. To comply with all relevant food legislation, standards, and guidelines we have implemented a Food Safety Management Program.

Safety Management Program primarily refers to:

  • Functional plant layout and sanitary design of equipment.
  • Superior, hygienic raw materials.
  • Processing methods permitting safe handling of food.
  • Purposeful cold-chain maintenance.
  • Adequate cleaning and sanitation measures.
  • Regular examination of health and personal hygiene of staff.
  • Regular staff training on hygiene requirements.
We now have full traceability across all products so that if any defect is detected on a batch it can be recalled speedily whilst knowing the source of all ingredients for follow up.

Feinschmecker complies with the following protocols:

  • SANS 10049: Food safety management – Requirements for prerequisite programmes (PRP’s).
  • SANS 10330: HACCP Principle 1: Requirements for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system.
  • Act 119: Agricultural Product Standards Act, specifically Meat Safety Act no. 40 of 2000.
  • Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act 45/1972 (selected relevant regulations)
  • GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) (6th Edition)

Our Partners in Food Safety

All raw materials are of the highest quality and safety standards. We only use suppliers who also adhere to strict food safety standards and we maintain this with our ‘Supplier Quality Assessment Program’.

Food Safety Assessment
The Food Safety Management Program is at least annually audited by a 3rd Party Auditing Company. Since 2009 we have managed to obtain an audit mark of over 90% which is almost unparalleled. We use the largest auditing company in South Africa, “Food Safety Assessment.” They audit for many of the top retailers in SA and they strictly follow the auditor’s code of conduct SANS 19011:2003.
EnviroTech
All pest control is managed by our appointed contractor, who provides safe and effective controls of insects and other pests. They have integrated pest management methods to prevent infestations and ensure a safe product and environment. They are also an ISO 9001 registered company.
Swift Micro Laboratories
An SANAS accredited laboratory will be performing microbiological testing on regular intervals to ensure high levels of hygiene is maintained at all times.
Deluxe Chemicals
We use the highest quality cleaning chemicals and materials to ensure the facility and the equipment are maintained in a clean state. Daily inspections are performed ensure compliance. All products used are registered with the SABS according to SANS 1828 and SANS 1853 standards.
Quality Management Solutions
Internal review of the food safety management system is performed with Quality Management Solutions. They assist us with providing professional technical support e.g. design and layout of the facility; targeted and relevant training; development and improvement of the food safety and management system; troubleshoot to achieve compliance; labeling advice etc.

Refrigeration

Maintaining temperature control to limit the growth of pathogenic bacteria that may be present in food items is vital. Cold Chain Management is an underrated aspect of the cold meat industry. It is also difficult to manage due to the different individuals and companies involved in the process.

Storing of goods should be done at the following temperatures:

  • SANS 10049: Food safety management – Requirements for prerequisite programmes (PRP’s).
  • SANS 10330: HACCP Principle 1: Requirements for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system.
  • Act 119: Agricultural Product Standards Act, specifically Meat Safety Act no. 40 of 2000.
  • Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act 45/1972 (selected relevant regulations)
  • GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) (6th Edition)
When maintaining your own retail spaces follow the above simple temperatures for best results. Not only will you automatically get more shelf life out of your products, but aesthetically they will look better and sell faster.

Preventing the ‘Breaking of the Cold Chain’ is incredibly important. When your order arrives ensure it goes straight into your own chilled facilities so that the core temperature of the product never increases above the +5 degree Celsius mark. It must not stand around outside while you receive the next delivery!

Refrigeration is taken very seriously at Feinschmecker. Parkes Refrigeration are on 24 hour call to make sure that all cold rooms and freezers are running at the correct temperatures. They are experienced technicians and understand the value of ‘cold chain management’. Contact them for best results.

Parkes Refrigeration
Contact: Geoff Parkes
Mobile: 079 987 7848
Email: geoff@parkesrefigeration.co.za