Sunspray Food Ingredients receives HACCP accreditation
Sunspray Food Ingredients (Pty) Ltd, the country’s largest independent manufacturer of spray-dried ingredients, has received its HACCP accreditation from the SABS. HACCP which stands for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, is a systematic preventive approach to food safety.
HACCP is used in the food industry to identify potential food-safety hazards so that action can be taken to reduce or eliminate the likelihood that any such hazards are realised. The system is used at all stages of food production and preparation processes including packaging and distribution.
The SABS accredited Sunspray Food Ingredients following an assessment of the company’s management system and subsequent compliance with the requirements of SANS 10330:2007. This accreditation follows on the ISO 9001:2000 quality-management accreditation that Sunspray received in 2003.
HACCP is a requirement of most internationally recognised food safety standards. Sunspray’s road to HACCP accreditation was initiated in April 2007. The achievement elevates Sunspray to international standards in the arena of food safety. Accreditation gives Sunspray’s customers confidence that its products are safe and comply with stringent independent quality standards.
In addition to manufacturing its own range of products, Sunspray is a contract manufacturer for a number of multinational companies, including a pharmaceutical company. For Sunspray to become a world class manufacturer, HACCP accreditation was an essential, and non-negotiable requirement.
Contract manufacturing has its own challenges, as the company is expected to make a vast array of products in a multitude of packaging variants. The key feature of HACCP is that a study unique to each product and processing environment is necessary. This allows the risk-assessment technique to identify specific food-safety hazards and prevent such hazards through appropriate monitoring, process control and process verification.
Sunspray has enjoyed increasing demand for its spray-drying facilities to such an extent that it is now in the process of erecting a fifth production tower at its Industria plant. The added production capacity together with its ISO and HACCP accreditation will further enhance Sunspray’s proficiency as a supplier of diverse spray-dried products and as a contract manufacturer of choice.