Isle of Man Meats gets AA grade
Isle of Man Meats – which processes cattle, sheep and pigs from local farms – has gained the British Retail Consortium's (BRC) AA certification.
Mike Owen, Chief Executive of Isle of Man Meats, said the entire workforce was proud of the accolade.
'We have demonstrated that not only do our procedures comply with legislation, but they go above and beyond them and meet the BRC's extremely high global standards.
The BRC independently audits food manufacturing facilities around the world to ensure compliance with its stringent global safety standards. The AA award is the highest made for a pre-planned audit and is held by only a small number of companies worldwide. Leading retailers insist suppliers are BRC certified.
'Strict protocol must be followed to ensure that food safety, quality and legality is driven throughout the production process from start to finish.
'This is verified at a thorough audit, carried out over three days by the BRC and covering more than 1,300 aspects of our processes.'
Mike said: 'Large food manufacturers, including household names, hold or aspire to BRC certification. This highly sought-after certificate gives our customers added assurance that our meat is produced to the highest standards. It gives us greater opportunities to supply within a wider, prestige market.'
In addition to the BRC accreditation, Isle of Man Meats also holds Red Tractor Farm Assurance certification, which is also audited by an independent body. That scheme focuses on animal welfare standards.