Quality and safety of our products are our top priority. Below are some steps we take to ensure that Horus Group products are safe to consume.
Our approach to achieve food safety covers the entire supply chain, starting with suppliers. We follow strict procurement and auditing processes to ensure we select safe, high quality raw materials. This includes defining specifications for the materials we use, and performing checks to ensure they always comply with the most stringent regulations and the latest scientific knowledge. If they don’t comply, we reject them.
All our manufacturing facilities, are designed to ensure we prepare our products to the highest quality and safety standards. This includes preventing foreign bodies from entering products, enabling the management of allergens, and controlling pests. Our factories are all built according to precise prerequisites, including those for a clean and safe water supply, for air filtration, and for any material that will come into contact with food. These guarantee that the materials, equipment and manufacturing environment are all designed to produce safe products.
We carefully manage the flow of ingredients and products in and out of our factories to ensure raw materials and prepared foods are properly segregated. Our factories have dedicated zones, equipment and utensils for different ingredients to prevent cross-contamination. We follow certified cleaning and sanitation practices at every step of production, and our employees are trained to fully adhere to the principles of good food hygiene.
Our processing techniques are scientifically formulated to always deliver safe and nutritionally adequate products with removing dangerous microorganisms and preventing the formation of harmful levels of chemical contaminants.
Before a batch of product leaves one of our factories, it must pass a ‘positive release’ test to confirm it is safe to consume. At Horus Group we carry out continuous tests to verify product compliance with internal and external standards, including for harmful compounds or microorganisms in the materials we use, the environment we operated
Packaging and transportation
When products are released from the factory, we make sure that they reach their destination in finest condition. This also means ensuring they are stored and transported at the correct conditions.
Packaging has a vital role to play in ensuring our products reach consumers in a safe condition. It also carries clear information about how to prepare, store and use the product, with information on ingredients as well as any allergen risks. We make sure that best-before use-by dates are correct so consumers understand when the product will be past its best and when it will no longer be safe to consume. This also helps to avoid generating unnecessary waste.
Packaging also helps to ensure traceability in our factories. We use production date and time of packing to tell us exactly when a product was produced, what ingredients went into it and where those ingredients came from. We have an early warning system to help us pinpoint signals that may develop into issues. The earlier we can spot potential issues, the better we can prevent or manage them.
Food safety is never static. Expectations shift, regulations change and our scientific knowledge evolves. That is why we constantly improve our procedures and share our expertise in industrial forums, with external authorities and our consumers.
Science behind safety
The capability to measure and evaluate the health risks of potentially hazardous chemical and microbiological agents is the foundation for the manufacturing of safe food products. At Horus Group, we apply state-of-the art analytical methods and novel data management approaches to assess and address potential hazards. As these are rapidly evolving fields, we closely follow and contribute to new scientific developments. We are also active in research on novel technologies to ensure that the best and most innovative scientific approaches are implemented to support the safety of our products.
Safety by Design in
New product development may involve the use of new ingredients, new applications of traditional ingredients, or new process technologies or conditions. Before any product launch, we ensure that these are safe and compliant with any regulatory requirements.
All relevant chemical and microbiological hazards are identified and scientifically assessed. Upstream food safety assessments are carried out at the new product development level, thus integrating ‘design safety into the product’. This serves as a basis to establish safety testing strategies inline with regulatory requirements, and to establish product specifications which are translated into operational management programs ensuring the manufacturing of safe products for consumers everywhere.