We dedicate maximum attention to the selection of raw materials, carry out stringent controls across the supply chain, and support consumers in their wellness choices with educational and research & development projects to continuously improve the quality of our products.
Safety and control standards
Our Food Business Unit boasts an ISO 9001 certified quality management system as an example of their commitment to guarantee products’ quality and the satisfaction of their clients.
Furthermore, both the Cermenate and Quimper plants are certified according to a set of standards approved by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative), a global organization aiming at fostering the continuous improvement of food safety management systems. In this field, the Cermenate plant has obtained the FSSC 22000 certification, while the Quimper plant complies with the International Featured Standards (IFS), which cover food risk management processes across the production chain.
When choosing potential suppliers, we only consider companies that can guarantee high standards of quality and hygiene. During the purchasing stage, the selected suppliers undergo a series of audits finalized at assessing their knowledge of aspects related to the quality, hygiene and safety of raw materials. These audits are designed to test the effective ‘goodness’ of the practices used during the sourcing and processing stages as well.
At the same time, we also invite our key suppliers to visit our plants. This gives them an opportunity to get a better understanding of our production processes as well as our principles of conduct and our approach to quality and sustainability. We periodically perform quali-quantitative researches on finished products in order to monitor consumers’ sensory perception of our products.
Certifications and annual controls
– More than 15,000 analyses to monitor the presence of histamines and mercury
– Approximately 50,000 organoleptic controls conducted on the finished product
– More than 6,000 analyses conducted on finished products
– 3 Certifications: ISO90001, FSSC 22000, IFS
– More than 8,000 analyses on raw materials
The traceability of our products
Traceability is a key tool to guarantee food safety and promote the protection of the marine ecosystem. For this reason, in 2015, we were the first Italian company and among the first in the world to obtain the international ISO 22005 certification (Traceability in the feed and food chains) from DNV-GL. This certification enables us to monitor a complex supply chain like the one of tuna. The project:
– involves more than 500 items on 10 production lines
– checks all our suppliers globally and in real-time, rapidly monitoring and controlling procurement data
– enables us to provide consumers who access the Rio Mare and Saupiquet websites with detailed information certified by an independent third-party body
The nutritional benefits of our products
We believe that a company like ours should play a key role in promoting proper nutrition through a process aimed at the nutritional and qualitative appreciation of our products. An important step in this direction has been the implementation of a study on the consumption of canned fish.
The most interesting aspect that emerged from the dossier in nutritional terms was that canned fish has the same health benefits as fresh fish. Both products were found to contain the same nutrient-rich properties, including noble proteins and Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids that make fish an essential element in a balanced diet.
The fact that the working processes involved in canning fish have a negligible influence on the composition of the finished product and are only limited to a few micronutrients shows that canned fish is a valid alternative to fresh fish. In addition to being equally nourishing, it is pre-seasoned, ready-to-eat, high-quality, safe and responsible.