Smithfield Packing Company has achieved USDA's Process Verified Program certification for all three of its pork processing plants. This makes Smithfield the largest pork processing company in the world to be 100 percent process verified. Smithfield Packing has two plants in Smithfield, Va., and another in Tar Heel, N.C.
USDA's Process Verified Program assures retailers and consumers that traceability, animal handling and environmental standards have been met and benchmarked for continual improvement. The program is modeled after the International Organization for Standardization’s 9000 quality-management and quality-assurance standards. Standards to achieve certification include USDA-approved processes, training and documentation.
“We developed our process-verified program to assure our customers they are getting high-quality, source-verified meats produced in an environmentally responsible facility,” says Joe Luter, president and chief operating officer of Smithfield Packing.
Smithfield’s process-verified program specifically:
· Verifies that producers who send animals to Smithfield Packing facilities can ensure the animal's traceability to the farm of origin.
· Verifies all animals processed at Smithfield Packing facilities are raised on farms with a comprehensive management system that addresses the health, welfare and proper use of animal-health products to help assure a high-quality pork supply. This requires suppliers to be certified to Pork Quality Assurance III guidelines.
· Verifies that all drivers who transport animals to Smithfield Packing facilities are certified by the National Pork Board’s Trucker Quality Assurance guidelines. It helps assure that animal welfare is properly maintained. Drivers also are certified in implementing biosecurity procedures.
· Verifies that all three processing plants maintain ISO 14001 environmental certification of their Environmental Management System.
Smithfield’s EMS is a management tool that includes formalized processes and procedures to manage all environmental aspects of an operation in an organized manner. Smithfield is the first in its industry to achieve ISO 14001 certification of its EMS for all its U.S. pork production facilities and all U.S. pork and beef processing facilities, except new acquisitions.
“We are committed to—and expect—proper treatment of livestock and adherence to biosecurity measures,” says Luter. “We also challenge ourselves to be good stewards of the environment.”
Smithfield Packing, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, processes pork products such as deli hams, sliced deli products, smoked meat products and retail and foodservice hams.
With sales of $11 billion, Smithfield is the leading processor and marketer of fresh pork and processed meats in the United States, as well as the largest producer of hogs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.
Source: Smithfield Foods