Independent Quality & Safety Assurance
Robertson Abattoir always strives to produce beef and lamb that consistently exceeds our customers expectations. Continuous training and rigorous independent audits accomplish this.
Below are the companies that audit the abattoir monthly, quarterly and yearly:
Agency for Food Safety is the Government assigned independent company responsible for the health inspection of abattoirs within South Africa. AFS inspect every carcass, which is produced within the group’s abattoirs and certifies them as being fit for human consumption.
AFS also inspect and audit our abattoirs against government HAS (Hygiene Assessment System) and HMS (Hygiene Management System) protocols. This is to ensure our facilities operate to the highest of standards and produce a safe and wholesome product that our consumers enjoy.
SAMIC (South African Meat Industry Company) is the Government assigned independent company responsible for the CLASSIFICATION of each and every carcass produced at any abattoir within South Africa. Their independence means all carcasses are CLASSIFIED consistently throughout the country, thus ensuring that farmers receive the right price for their livestock and that the consumers get the classification of the product, which they have specified. SAMIC ENSURES THIS IS CARRIED OUT EFFECTIVELY BY ENSURING THE SERVICE PROVIDER WHO CLASSIFIES THE CARCASSES IS FULLY TRAINED, QUALIFIED, EXPERIENCED AND INDEPENDENT OF THE ABATTOIR.
SAMIC also ensures, by thorough audits, that all trademarks in relation to meat products are meaningful and do not mislead the consumer. SAMIC therefore frequently visit us to audit our traceability systems to ensure our Free Range products are in fact Free Range. These audits give our customers the confidence that what they are buying is consistently and independently graded against registered protocols, which are approved by The Department of Agriculture. SAMIC have been a key driver in raising standards within the industry and ensuring all protocols are meaningful to both the meat industry and its valued customers.
The Red Meat Abattoir Association (RMAA) is an independent membership-based organization, which was established in 1991 with its primary aim of conducting training at all abattoirs in South Africa. The Association is a representative forum for the red meat abattoir owners in South Africa and aims to establish communication and co-operation between the members of the Association in order to determine a co-ordinated opinion on matters of general, as well as specific, importance. The Association provides members with specific and general information and technology regarding all aspects of the industry and related activities and renders services to advance and promote the industry.
The red meat abattoir industry currently comprises of approximately 470 abattoirs ranging from rural to high throughput. The Meat Safety Act, 2000 (Act 40 of 2000) addresses measures to promote the safety of meat and animal products and to establish and maintain essential National Standards in respect of all abattoirs in SA. Consideration is always given to national and international guidelines and regulatory requirements in the rendering of training and other services to the industry.
The RMAA interacts on a regular basis with various stakeholders including companies, suppliers, customers, tertiary institutions and government departments and is represented on various industry committees, organizations, associations, forums.