U.S – Joyce Farms, a premier provider of all-natural and heritage breed meat and poultry products, has achieved British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Food Safety Certification at their plant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

BRC is a leading global quality and food safety certification program that is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

The BRCGS Global Food Safety Standard provides a framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality and quality, and the operational controls for these criteria in the food and food ingredient manufacturing, processing and packing industry.

Certification is only awarded to organizations that have embraced a top-to-bottom food safety culture and approach throughout their company.

To achieve certification, Joyce Farms undertook a rigorous third-party audit against certification requirements.

The audit examined an extensive list of the company’s programs related to food safety, including, but not limited to, sanitation, pest control, recall and traceability, allergen control, pathogen/salmonella testing, and supplier approval.

“We are proud to take our food safety standards to the highest level with BRC certification. We strive to achieve the highest standards of excellence in everything we do – from how we raise our animals to the safety and quality of the meat and poultry we produce.

“Food safety has always been an important focus for our business, and now we are proud to announce that we are taking our food safety standards to the highest level with BRC certification,” said Ron Joyce, President and CEO of Joyce Farms.

Joyce Farms is now in its 60th year providing safe and high-quality meat and poultry products to chefs and home consumers nationwide.

In addition to BRC certification, their USDA-inspected plant has multiple Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans in place to ensure safe practices, and consistently receives high marks on third party Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) audits.

“While this was truly a company-wide effort, our path to certification was led by Joyce Farms’ Quality Assurance Manager Jennifer Hamby. Her enthusiasm, guidance, and attention to detail were invaluable as we worked together to reach this goal,” applauded the company.

Established in 1962, Joyce Farms is a family-owned business providing all-natural and heritage meat and poultry products with superior culinary qualities to chefs, butchers and consumers nationwide.

The Farm specializes in unique old-world heritage breeds, raised using humane and regenerative agricultural practices.

Their Heritage line of products includes Poulet Rouge Chicken (GAP Step 4), Poulet Rouge Poussin (young chicken – GAP Step 2), Pintade (French Guinea), Spanish Black Turkey, Aberdeen Angus Beef (GAP Step 4), and Gloucestershire Old Spot Pork (Certified AWA).

They also offer a Naked product line, produced without the use of hormones, antibiotics, animal by-products or anything artificial; it includes chicken, duck and rabbit.

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