RSA Group is the leading fresh produce sales agency, and it has now expanded its food security accreditation to cover all floors and product lines at the Tshwane market. This accreditation from QPRO | SAI Global, one of the country’s top food security testing service providers, has been in the works for two years.
“Food security accreditation is a very important aspect of the fresh produce industry” says Jaco Oosthuizen, RSA Group CEO. “Consumers place significant importance on food safety, and so do retailers and farmers. As a key role player in the centre of the value chain RSA Group must also be able to certify food safety standards to ensure we support our business partners in their mission to deliver the best possible value to consumers.”
The accreditation guarantees that all fresh produce moving through the RSA Group system at Tshwane Market upholds the highest food safety standards – and that these standards are maintained by the group independently of the surrounding market infrastructure.
Certification has involved an extensive, multi-phased process featuring regular audits specifically designed to examine warehousing practises such as food safety management systems, food safety incident management, good manufacturing practices, control of allergens, cleaning and disinfection, product contamination control, pest control, water quality, waste management and storage and transport, among many others.
“Given various municipal infrastructure challenges, the accreditation assures producers that from an RSA Group perspective food moving through the supply chain is fully compliant,” concludes Oosthuizen. “We view the move as a very positive development in our business, and we’ll certainly be considering it at other municipal markets as well.”