Quality control and laboratory functions conducts inspection of incoming raw materials e.g. cleaning chemicals, ingredients and packaging materials; in process and final product inspection to establish compliance with national and international regulatory requirements. The laboratory participates in peer review programmes like the Botswana Bureau of Standards’ (BOBS) National Quality Control Sample Exchange System for both chemistry and microbiology disciplines.
Quality and Food Safety Policy
We at Botswana Meat Commission are committed to maintain the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 Standard in order to manufacture products of consistent quality, which meet statutory, regulatory and customer requirements.
To ensure food safety, we have implemented and will continue to maintain a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system that conforms to the requirements of South African National Standard (SANS) 10330:2007 and British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety (Issue 5, 2008).
We have established measurable quality objectives that are consistent with our mission and strategic goals.
We are committed to continually review our quality and food safety management systems to improve our processes, products and resources.
We are committed to continuous awareness programme to communicate the importance of quality and food safety management systems to all employees.
Quality and Food Safety Objectives
• Customer satisfaction
• Continual improvement of the Quality and Food Safety Management Systems
• Compliance with Statutory, Regulatory and Customer requirements.
• Continual development of our human resources
These objectives are a measure through which the strategic initiatives in the strategic plan are implemented and reviewed periodically by management.
Status of Compliance with Standards
Botswana Meat Commission operates an integrated quality and food safety management system that complies with ISO 9001:2000;SANS 10330:2007 and British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Food Standard (Issue 4, 2005).
The abattoirs undergo annual and bi-annual assessments by South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to establish compliance with SANS 10330:2007 Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and ISO 9001:2000 quality management systems’ standards respectively. Food safety assessment in line with BRC Global Food Standard (Issue 4, 2005) is also evaluated periodically based on compliance level by SAI Global/European Food Safety Inspection Services (SAI/GLOBAL EFSIS). Botswana Meat Commission maintained its compliance status during the year.
Quality and food safety management systems have been upgraded in preparation for evaluation against the new standards i.e. ISO 9001:2008 and BRC Global Standard for Food Safety (Issue 5, 2008) standards which came into effect in the second half of 2008.