This department has a large, qualified team divided into different areas: quality, veterinary, laboratory and environment.
This area is responsible for controlling and implementing certified management systems and for certification, as well as checking the HACCP process (hazard analysis and critical control points), managing complaints, and inspecting operations in the cutting room, filleting room and meat products.
The plant’s own veterinarians are responsible for ante-mortem inspections and guaranteeing compliance with animal welfare during transport, unloading, stabling and slaughter. They also develop post-mortem control, register all documentation, identify seizures and gather the information required for exports outside the EU.
This area’s key responsibilities are controlling and managing the plant’s waste treatment facility in accordance with the criteria established by the Confederación Hidrográfica del Ebro. This is in addition to treating potable water, waste control, atmosphere emission control and developing other environmental tasks, such as preventing infestations and carrying out health and safety treatments against legionella.
Litera Meat has an internal laboratory which it is divided into several areas: an in-house laboratory trichinella testing, an area for trichinoscopical analyses, a microbiology laboratory anda water testing laboratory with its corresponding waste area. The lab team is responsible for assessing and documenting efficiency, safety and quality during the different processes.
The microbiological laboratory carries out the corresponding test in accordance with Commission Regulations EC 2073/2005 and EC 1441/2007 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs. The water testing laboratory ensures potable water and disposal parameters based on compliance with Royal Decree 140/2003.
TRACEABILITY TO START TO FINISH
The state-of-the-art technology used at Litera Meat allows for improved agility in the pursuit of full traceability and, consequently, enhanced food safety. Automated systems that employ an independent chip store all essential, required product information.
Traceability systems are extremely important considering they provide internal information that facilitates control of processes and management, they help to guarantee safety, and they also help to locate and immobilise products, if necessary.
This seal guarantees the quality, safety and transparency of the products produced. It is a guarantee of trust and prestige via which compliance with food regulations and rigorous control in all processes are ensured.
The BRC food safety standard is designed to provide the basis for certification for food manufacturers who implement good manufacturing practices and have supporting quality management systems.
This guarantee, based on the European Welfare Quality model, adds to the continued commitment of Litera Meat with animal care and good livestock practices.