By Hilary Mare
LUCKY Star Divisional Food Safety and Quality Assurance Manager, Michael Young recently audited Meatco’s Cannery department, Confidente understands.
The audit, which takes place annually, follows the recent outbreak of Listeriosis in South Africa.
According to Meatco’s Quality Assurance Manager, Hosea Shaanika, the recent findings have shown an improvement in the corned meat products’ manufacturing and packaging systems compared to the previous audit.
Lucky Star which is subsidiary of the Oceana Group and a prime client to Meatco conducted an audit on hygiene testing and on product safety.
Incorporated in 1918 and listed on the Johannesburg (JSE) and Namibian (NSX) stock exchanges, Oceana Group is the largest fishing company in Africa and an important participant in the Namibian, Angolan and US fishing industries.
Confidente also understands that Meatco is yet to receive the final audit report from the certification body, but in the event of any minor findings, they will be rectified and closed off within ten days from the day of receiving the report.
“Meatco continues to grow with every audit by constantly improving systems in order to meet the requirements for a successful audit completion,” Meatco said last week.
Meatco currently produce corned meat under the Texan brand and it comes in three flavours namely plain, chilli and chakalaka and also manufactured in a 300g square can.
“The products is widely consumed in the SADC region, and has also found it’s space within the West African market, namely in Nigeria at this stage. The cannery is in the process of widening its range with exiting new products, such as Viennas, Chicken Loaf and Luncheon Roll. All these new products will come in a 400g round can and will be available in February 2016. These new investments relate to Meatco’s commitment to grow the business and provide our clients with affordable protein products. All our canned products are produced under stringent regulatory requirements and supervision, and have a guaranteed shelf life of 5 years in a room temperature environment,” the company said.
“Our canned beef range is part of the legacy of Meatco’s production since the early 1980s. The Texan, Eloolo and Ranch brands, which are household names in Namibia and Southern Africa, are part of a long and proud tradition for Meatco. Our canning operation annually produces almost 16 million cans of corned beef of various sizes and according to specific recipes that many have grown to love. Our canned products are ISO, HACCP and Halaal-certified.”
The development of our canning activities is part of Meatco’s five-year strategic plan, which is aimed at increasing local value-addition activities specifically focused on export markets.
“Our strategy involves first developing and testing certain foreign markets utilising our current capacity, before embarking on the expansion of our capacity through further investment should a market prove promising,” adds Meatco.
Following the outbreak of listeriosis in neighbouring South Africa, Meatco stated that its corned meat is cooked in a sterilized can and it is safe to consume.
According to Meatco Quality Assurance Executive, Rosa Katjivena, the company noted that the basic purpose of this packaging was to protect the meat products from undesirable impacts on quality, including microbiological and physio-chemical alterations.
She added that the company’s Quality Assurance personnel continually monitor incoming raw products to ensure compliance with relevant standards, microbiological standards, and government regulations.
“Our canned meat range is part of the legacy of Meatco’s production since the early 1980s. The Texan, Eloolo and Ranch brands, which are household names in Namibia and Southern Africa, are part of a long and proud tradition for Meatco,” Katjivena said at the time.
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