Family-run Istanbul Meats Ltd, one of the nation’s leading doner kebab manufacturers and based on the Drum Industrial Estate, has achieved certification of the SALSA food safety standard at the first time of asking.
Founding partner, Nuran Adiguzel, said: “The kebab industry has suffered from a terrible reputation over the years with horror stories about the contents, manufacturing processes and transportation of the meat widely reported in the media. At Istanbul Meats this reputation couldn’t be further from the truth; we’ve always worked extremely hard to not only meet but beat food industry standards and our focus on product quality has been the driving force behind our success. We wanted a way to prove our quality to the industry and the SALSA standard gave us the opportunity to do that.”
The SALSA standard was written by experienced food safety experts to reflect both the legal requirements of producers and the enhanced expectations of ‘best practice’ of professional food buyers. Approved certification is only granted to suppliers who are able to demonstrate to a SALSA auditor that they are able to produce safe and legal food and are committed to continually meeting the requirements of the SALSA standard, the scope of which covers all aspects of the company including; products, processes, premises and people.
Atalay Adiguzel, who joined the company after completing a masters degree in business as the position of General Manager, added: These are exciting times for our company, my parents have done a brilliant job of growing the company and I want to build on the excellent reputation that we enjoy and drive the company forward. We’ve recently invested heavily in a manufacturing unit to keep pace with the growing demand for our products and the SALSA standard gives me a useful benchmark from which to continually improve the business. Being able to pass the audit at the first time of asking really is testament, not only my parents but the commitment and professionalism of the whole team here.”
With a growing order book from customers both in the UK and the EU, the signs are good for the continued growth of the company responsible for many of the nation’s favourite late night take away snacks.