The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has awarded Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABInBev), the world’s largest brewer, a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification at a ceremony held on ABL’s premises.
HACCP is an internationally recognised food safety tool which enables food safety hazards to be identified, evaluated, and controlled, to eliminate the risk of contamination at any point in the food production process. ABL through its own initiative sought assistance from FDA in order to effectively implement the programme.
The FDA provided our business with technical assistance and coaching through its Food Industrial Support Services unit, ABL’s Country Director, Mr. Philip Redman, said. He expressed his gratitude to FDA when he mentioned that “this recognition by the FDA is a clear manifestation of our commitment to maintaining high standards of food safety and health at our plant”.
Mr. Redman further stated that “we are led by our Dream of bringing people together for a better world, and this ensures that we prioritize consumer health and safety in our line of business. Also, integrity, hard work, quality, and responsibility are key drivers used in our company and we believe that this reaffirms our commitment towards producing a diverse portfolio of high-quality brands to suit every palate”.
On behalf of the CEO of the Food and Drugs Authority, Mrs. Delese Mimi Darko, the Acting Deputy Chief Executive and Divisional Head of the Medical Devices, Cosmetics and Household Chemicals Unit of the FDA, Mrs. Akua Amartey, congratulated ABL on achieving this milestone.
She hoped that “more of the country’s food processing facilities will learn from ABL’s exemplary achievement in order to implement the HACCP tool in order to boost the food safety profiles of their respective products”.
Mrs. Amartey assured ABL of FDA’s continued collaboration to ensure that safe beverage is produced for consumers, as well as assisting the business to manage and sustain the HACCP tool.
Mr. Redman stated that “our primary aim with the implementation of this policy is to increase consumer and stakeholder confidence in our products and also to enhance market accessibility of our products. We are also able to maintain a cost-effective control system, facilitate regulatory inspections, and consistently and reliably produce safe food.”
The implementation of HACCP forms part of ABL’s commitment to investing in a Healthier World where every experience with beer is positive. The company also invests in a Cleaner World where its natural resources are shared and preserved for the future; and in a Growing World where everyone has an opportunity to improve their livelihood.
Accra Brewery Limited has been a major player in the Ghanaian alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage market since 1931. The company counts CLUB Premium Lager, CLUB Shandy BÍ»soÔ‘, Eagle Lager, Eagle Extra Stout, Castle Milk Stout, Stella Artois; and a non-alcoholic malt beverage, Beta Malt, as brands available to its cherished customers