Tuesday, October 26, 2021

BMC abattoirs retains “AA” classification

The Botswana Meat Commission (BMC) has reportedly performed exceptionally well during the 2017 audit conducted by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety.

The audit is a standard benchmarked against the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

A statement from the BRC said BMC’s plants/abattoirs in Lobatse and Francistown performed exceptionally well during the 2017 audit of the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety (Issue 7) ÔÇô a standard benchmarked against the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

BMC Francistown Abattoir maintained a “BRC Grade AA” certification, which it first achieved in 2016. BMC Lobatse Abattoir, which achieved “BRC Grade A” in 2016, this time around has improved its grading to “BRC Grade AA”.

“This achievement by BMC abattoirs ensures access of Botswana Beef to the most lucrative and reputable global markets envisioned to sustain the domestic beef sector with better returns/rewards to Botswana cattle producers,” reads the statement.

It further states that achieving best global accreditation and certification for BMC plants, remains one of the key business objectives which Management has identified in its Strategy of reforming the BMC to being a sustainable enterprise which achieves profitability.

BMC Board, Management and staff expressed happiness at this achievement, and in the same express gratitude to Government, Botswana cattle producers supplying the BMC, as well as support from the regulating authority the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS).

The BRC Global Standards is a leading brand and consumer protection organization, used by over 25,000 certificated suppliers supplying over 130 countries or highly organized markets.

BRC Global Standards’ guarantees the standardization of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations, as well as provide protection for the end customer.

BRC Global Standards are now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers, manufacturers and food service organizations.

To ensure food safety, BMC have implemented and will continue to maintain a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system that conforms to the requirements of South African Standards (SANS) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global  Standards Foods.

It has also established measurable quality objectives that are consistent with their mission and strategic goals as they are committed to continually review of their quality and food safety management system to improve our processes, products and resources.

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