In 2010 Verino implemented its strategic vision of being the best poultry processor in the country through ongoing staff training and the implementation of world class food safety standards
We started working with the Kaizen institute to implement best manufacturing practices in our facility by training our staff to first world levels. Running parallel with that, we have worked on our food safety management systems. We believe that as the poultry processor, we have a corporate responsibility to deliver world class products to our Zambian consumers. We are proud to say that in early 2012 we passed the YUM restaurants STAR audit.
This then prompted us to further our food safety and quality standards by complying with FSSC 22000 (Food Safety Systems Certification) requirements. In order to achieve FSSC 22000 certification we have to comply with ISO 22000 food safety management systems and additional food safety requirements.
ISO 22000 includes HACCP (Hazard analysis critical control point) and traceability while Prerequisite programs (PRPs) focuses more on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Pest Control, Waste Management, Cleaning and Sanitation, and other areas.
In 2019 the company was awarded with the first prize at the Zambia annual quality awards gala and named Company of the year – Large enterprise by Zambia Bureau of Standards and Zambia Association of Manufacturers.
We are able to trace any of our products back to the grandparents that produced the final product and we are able to trace forward to the final person who purchased our product. This gives us the capability to investigate any non-conformances on our products and recall all products from the market should it be deemed necessary.
Again, we are the only meat processing plant or any food manufacturing entity in Zambia to have passed FSSC 22000 making us one of the elite companies in the world with regards to food safety.