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Putnu fabrika Ķekava receives one of highest global quality assessments

As Putnu fabrika Ķekava has received the “A” level quality assessment from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), which is the most acknowledged food quality certificate in the world. The awarded assessment is one of the highest assessments in the Baltic poultry manufacturing and proves local buyers and export partners that the manufacturing process in the company, product quality and safety meet especially high standards.

Poultry farm Ķekava already in 2016 received the BRC certificate that is the leading food safety and quality certification program in the world. The “A” assessment granted this year is a new-level international recognition for the trustworthiness, quality and safety of Latvia’s leading poultry farm. BRC has developed a consortium of British retail chains Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury, and a large part of global retail chains have already selected BRC certification as the criteria for their suppliers.

“BRC certificate is one of the most important cooperation requirements for a number of Europe’s leading retailers, and I am happy that Ķekava has joined the circle of the most trustworthy and highly appraised producers. The “A” level assessment is a proof that our determined work on the quality has been noticed and rewarded in the international environment. The “A” level assessment will open new export opportunities in the existing and new export markets, and promote cooperation with the important retail chains across Europe,” said Andrius Pranckevičius, Chairman of the Board of AS Putnu fabrika Ķekava.

BRC certificate is granted in various levels, and “A” level is one of the highest assessments.

“To obtain BRC certificate, the company’s internal processes that are important for the production and quality of end products are being assessed. BRC certificate is not a unique one-time assessment, the evaluation is carried out each year, thus ensuring strict supervision of the producer and compliance of the quality with the requirements. A repeated quality audit is conducted annually to increase, lower or uphold at the same level quality assessment granted earlier, based on company’s performance,” explains Dace Tītmane, Head of Quality at AS “Putnju fabrika Ķekava”.

Ķekava is the first poultry producer in the Baltic states, and one of the few producers in Europe that has introduced a production model that allows to raise healthy birds without illnesses, avoiding use of antibiotics. The fact that birds have not been treated with antibiotics is proved with a label “Raised without antibiotics”. At present consumption of antibiotics in Ķekava is one of the lowest in the European Union and on the same level as in such quality leaders as Norway, Iceland and Sweden. The high welfare standards are the preconditions that allow the company to prevent birds from catching diseases and ensure poultry of increasesd quality. On average 90% of birds raised in Ķekava have not come in touch with antibiotics.

Kekava_Andrjus Pranckevics

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