We take food safety very seriously in order to ensure that every single product supplied by Aqunion is of the very highest standard. All our sites and our products adhere to stringent local and international quality and technical regulations:
Every single product supplied by Aqunion meets stringent food safety standards. In South Africa the food-safety of our abalone is very strictly regulated by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Shellfish Monitoring Program and by the National Regulator of Compulsory Specifications (NRCS). The NRCS is the regulatory arm of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the mandated authority for food safety of South Africa. The SABS is highly regarded internationally for their high standards and is the competent authority appointed by the European Union for product importation and certification in South Africa.
South Africa is a signatory to the Codex Alimentarius International Food Standards and the Shellfish Monitoring Program and the requirements of the NRCS are thus at least as stringent as that of Codex.
Our farms and our product are tested for and certified safe with regards to the following:
- Microbiological contamination – salmonella, e-coli, vibrio
- Heavy metals – lead, mercury and cadmium
- Pesticides and various organic pollutants
- Radiation (standard food testing) – radionuclides
In addition we do not use any medication or antibiotics at any stage in the production of our abalone.
Our processing facility is FSSC22000 certified.