From DeWieds site.
Raising the Bar on Food Safety in the Hog Casing Industry
For years, great sausage has been a staple of family celebrations, holidays and quiet dinners at home. It’s a delicious centerpiece for good times filled with laughter and joy. Some of your fondest memories may include savoring the explosion of flavor on your taste buds, the moment you take the first bite.
But have you ever stopped to think where the skin of that sausage came from?
The skin of sausage is just like the skin of fruit
. They are the first things to touch your mouth, so you want them to be clean and safe.
With the recent swine flu epidemic, along with tainted foods such as peanut butter with salmonella and spinach with E. coli, food safety has become a hot topic on many fronts. In 2008, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) named“revamping oversight of food safety”
as one of the top 13 urgent issues to be addressed by the Obama administration.
Additionally, the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulation
began in 2009. This bill amending the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 requires retailers to inform consumers of the country of origin of muscle cuts and ground beef (including veal), lamb, pork, chicken and goat meat. Surprisingly, hog casings were omitted from this regulation.
At DeWied we, too, are concerned with global food safety. That is why we are voluntarily stepping up to improve industry standards for hog casings. DeWied’s Global Food Safety Seal means we are committed to adhering to the highest global food safety standards available today.
To achieve superior food safety practices, DeWied uses these stringent benchmarks
to form the foundation of our promise to our customers. And it’s not easy. It requires significant commitment, focus and attention to detail during each step of the process.
For the past two years, DeWied achieved a Grade of “A” on the Global Food Safety Certificate of Conformity for our China plant. We are proud to announce that we did this on the initial visit each time – No re-audits for major corrective actions were required to get our plant up to specification.
At DeWied, we only use pigs whose origins can be traced. Because knowing where
that pig came from and what
it was fed makes all the difference in whether the sausage you eat is safe for you and your family.