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Paarman Foods obtains FSSC22000 certification

Cape Town’s Paarman Foods has recently achieved FSSC22000 certification, believed to be the first South African food manufacturer in its category to win this prestigous milestone, and complementing its long-held ISO9001 ticket.

‘About three and a half years ago the decision was made to have our food safety system formally certified. The FSSC22000 system was chosen as it is benchmarked by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) and recognised internationally and will therefore be acknowledged by the majority of our overseas clientele,’ says MD Graham Paarman.

According to the FSSC22000 certificates’ directory, it is the first in its sphere of manufacturing to acquire it in this country. ProCert was the auditing/certifying body.

‘What makes this accomplishment even more special is that it was achieved in a multi-disciplinary processing environment, producing a diverse range of products  with the accompanying complexities that this entails,’ he notes.

This includes salad dressings, marinades, ready-to-serve sauces, speciality products, seasonings & spices, bake mixes, stock powders, liquid stock concentrates, pasta sauces and chutneys.

‘Having this certification provides assurance to our customers that we are at all times running production based on food safety principles with the added peace of mind that the end product is of the highest quality they have come to know and expect,’ Paarman adds.

Over and above its extensive Ina Paarman-branded retail offering, Paarman Foods also produces for a number of private label companies as well as servicing a large food service clientele.

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Paarman Foods’ food safety team: Back row – Tamara Nunu (production representative), Kate Duthie (product development), Lance Bothman (warehouse), Clive Pyper (maintenance), Elrick Williams (warehouse), Nikki Edwards (product development), Donovan Koopman (production controller)

Front row – Debbie Brandt (ProCert/Progress Excellence), Graham Paarman (MD), Ina Paarman, Irma Ferreira (HACCP facilitator), Pearl Isaac (QC technologist).