The Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters (S.A.M.E) celebrated the successful accreditation of six Samoa Companies with the international code for food safety management system this week.
The occasion was also used to launch the S.A.M.E Samoa Export Plan 2016 – 2020.
Held at the Taumeasina Island Resort on Wednesday evening, H.A.C.C.P. Certification is an international standard defining the requirements for effective control of food safety standards.
It ia also recognised as a significant tool for quality assurance and provides a platform of confidence and trust between exporters and importers.
Funded by the Australian and New Zealand government aid programs, the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program provided support for H.A.C.C.P. training at the request of S.A.M.E.
Australian High Commissioner, Sue Langford, congratulated S.A.M.E.
“The H.A.C.C.P. Accreditation programme run by S.A.M.E. and is supported by P.H.A.M.A,” she said.
“The programme is central to farmer’s aims and farmers key aims are to maintain improve existing market access by developing the capacity of the public and private sector to make the requirements of markets.
“So with the certification that is recognised by the Australia and New Zealand these six companies will be able to increase exports of Samoan food and beverages.
“[And] doing so most importantly all positively contribute to the Samoan economy or provide new jobs and including new jobs for women and young people.
“And in my view this is what we here to do.
“We all know that Samoa has a heart for agricultural products and there’s tremendous potential for Samoan businesses to share their advertising products with the rest of the world.
“The H.A.C.C.P. accreditation will not only assist businesses to exist export market but it will also help businesses to develop efficient and affective processes that will make it more competitive overall at international markets.”
Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, described the achievment as a milestone.
“Firstly the achievements by six of your members who through hard work and commitment to excellence and good covenant have successfully attain international certification in food safety and management system,” he said.
“The second achievement is the completion and launching of the S.A.M.E Samoa Export Plan for the period 2016, 2017- 2019, 2020.”
Minister Sili wished S.A.M.E. and all the companies God’s blessings.
The six companies awarded certificates were Fuatino Natural Oil Coconut Product, Le Vai Co Ltd, Pacific Oil, Wilex Samoa, Heavenly Water and S.T.E.C.