ZIMBABWE – Associated Meat Packers (AMP Group), a joint venture business with Colcom Holdings Limited, Zimbabwe, a pork and meat products producer, has achieved the coveted Food Safety System Certification, FSSC 22000, becoming the 11th Zimbabwean company to receive the certification.

The certification is a testament of the company’s continued commitment to continually improve the management and control of food safety.

A team of international representatives carried out an extensive audit of AMP Group’s processing factory systems and requirements to eliminate and prevent food hazards and to ensure food quality compliance to international best practice standards.

“Receiving this award was a key milestone for the group. It reinforces our commitment to provide our customers and consumers quality meat that is processed from a factory that meets global safety, hygiene and quality requirements,” AMP Group CEO, Lester Jones said.

FSSC 22000 incorporates the International Organization of Standardization’s, ISO 22000 of 2018 and ISO 22002 of 2009 management systems with sector specific prerequisite programmes and additional FSSC 22000 requirements.

It is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), an organization that oversees food safety measures and certification around the world. Meeting GFSI benchmarking standards showcases the highest standards globally and leads to international food industry recognition and acceptance.

Jones noted that the rising need for safe, affordable, quality products for the growing population of Zimbabwe. He said customers and consumers are becoming more discerning and selective about how best to nourish their families.

“As a result of this FSSC22000 accreditation, the public can be assured that they are buying from a world-class processing factory when they choose us and any one of our Texas Meats retail outlets,” he added.

In addition to the commitment to provide safe, nutritious and nourishing food, the company’s ambition towards continuous development has resulted in this distinguished accolade.

“The team has done a commendable job in putting the needs of communities at the centre of our operational excellence strategy. We look forward to growing from strength to strength,” concluded Jones.

 AMP’s beef comes from premium Zimbabwean-bred cattle, predominantly sourced from the Matabeleland region and primarily sustained on their natural grass-fed diet. It’s premium products include Rump, Fillet, Sirloin (Strip Loin), Oxtail, Silverside, Topside, Lean Mince and Boerewors.

Founded in 2003, the company discourages the use of antibiotics and hormones, and only utilizes those suppliers who practice fair and sustainable farming methods.

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