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AGRIBUSINESS: Betagro pig farms win certification
Betagro Group's swine business has taken a crucial step forward after the government certified its seven farms meet food safety production standards.
The farm in Lop Buri is SPF-certified, meaning animals are free from chemicals and diseases throughout the production and supply chains.
The award by the Industry Ministry's Management System Certification Institute makes Betagro the first local swine producer and distributor in the country to have its entire supply chain complete the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) programme.
Vasit Taepaisitphongse, the chief operating officer, said that Betagro Group's slaughterhouses and meat-processing facilities were certified several years ago.
The seven farms operate under the subsidiaries Betagro Hybrid International Co and Thai SPF Products Co to raise pigs including fatteners and breeders using "specific pathogen-free" (SPF) farm technology.
The SPF designation is applied to animals free from chemicals and diseases throughout the production and supply chains.
The seven farms are located in Prachin Buri, Lop Buri and Nakhon Sawan provinces.
Mr Vasit said Betagro had integrated its pig business with feed production operations, followed by the operation of breeder and fattening farms for distribution of pigs to farmers and pork processing plants and the processing of cooked and frozen pork products for export.
The SPF programme was introduced to the country by Japan's Sumitomo Corporation, a partner of Thai SPF Products Co.
Swine operations accounted for 2.4 billion of Betagro's 52 billion baht in sales revenue last year and contributed significantly to the group's food business and regional operations.
This year, Betagro forecasts sales revenue of 61 billion baht including 2.4 billion baht from swine operations, five billion from foods such as sausages and ham and 30.2 billion from other operations such as swine abattoirs and processing.
(Source: Bangkok Post, AGRIBUSINESS, Betagro pig farms win certification, 19/05/2011, link)
Food Processing Vocabulary
Betagro Group - major Thai agribusiness firm and producer of processed meat products (See website)
standards - an acceptable level of quality or achievement มาตรฐาน
food safety - a scientific discipline that develops techniques for food handling, preparation, and storage to remove health hazards and maintain the cleanlieness of food (Note: Food can transmit disease from person to person as well as serve as a growth medium for bacteria that can cause food poisoning) (See Wikipedia) ความปลอดภัยของสารอาหาร
food safety standards - acceptable levels of food cleanliness and safety มาตราฐานความปลอดภัยของอาหาร
pathogen - a microbe or microorganism such as a virus, bacterium, prion or fungus that causes disease in its a animal or plant (host), also called a "germ" or "infectious agent" (See Wikipedia)
specific pathogen-free (SPF) - meaning that the food is free from disease causing agents or pathogens (bacteria, virus, fungi, protozoa, etc) (See Wikipedia)
Betagro's specific pathogen-free (SPF) for pork - "Betagro’s SPF (Specific Pathogen Free) pig production joint venture with the Japanese company Sumitomo, established in 2004, was in fact the culmination of a previous Betagro SPF program of breeding and finishing technology that aimed to meet the strict Japanese import regulations for pork meat. Achieving fully compliant SPF pig production is no easy task, and at Betagro’s special facility in Lop Buri province, meticulous procedures are followed that begin with the culling of parent sows after one litter and ensuring piglets are raised free from antibiotics.Some 600 farms within a 200 Km radius supply the Lop Buri plant with pigs raised in strict accordance with the SPF criteria and provided with full ‘traceable’ documentation. A comprehensive and thorough disease inspection process prior to slaughter includes precluding atrophic rhinitis, Aujeszky’s disease, swine dysentery, toxoplasmosis, and brucellosis. Handling up to 1,600 pigs per day, the Betagro facility is able to provide meat for the Japanese market, which after cooking, is sold as Chashu, Sliced Chashu, Buta Kakuni, Kushi Katsu and Tonkatsu" (See The Scientist article also see list of germ-free statuses for pigs)
certification - an process of meeting certain high standards and being issued with an "certificate" to prove this after an official examination การรับรองคุณภาพ
certified - inspected officially and verified that the company follows the rules ผ่านการรับรองคุณภาพ
SPF-certified - pork that is certified to meet SPF food safety standards
designation - a name, title or description that is given to something
specific pathogen-free (SPF) designation - the name "SPF" that is given to pork that passes safety standards and is certified
swine - a pig (See Wikipedia on the domestic pig and intensive pig farming)
sausages - a prepared food made from ground meat, animal fat, salt, spices, and herbs packed in a tube-like casing, orignally used as a food preservation technique (See Wikipedia)
ham - the thigh and rump of pork, meat from the back end of a pig (See Wikipedia)
supply chain - all the steps and processes involved in making and selling a product to customers, from the supply of raw materials and parts to manufacturing, storing, transporting the product to stores to selling the product to the customer (See Wikipedia)
a hazard - a dangerous thing that can cause harm (to health, safety, reputation, etc...) อันตราย
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) - an international system for food safety and hygiene that stresses prevention over finished product inspection, the system seeks to identify potential food safety hazards (physical, chemical, and biological) (See Wikipedia and FAO guidelines for developing countries)
facilities - the buildings and equipment for an activity สถานที่และสิ่งอำนวยความสะดวก
slaughterhouse - a facility where animals are killed for consumption as food products (See Wikipedia)
abattoir - same as "slaughterhouse"
meat processing facilities - meat processing, plant, a factory that "handles the slaughtering, processing and distribution of animals such as cattle, pigs, sheep and other livestock. The industry is primarily focused on producing meat for human consumption, but it also yields a variety of by-products including hides, feathers, dried blood, and, through the process of rendering, fat such as tallow and protein meals such as meat & bone meal" (From Wikipedia on meat packing industry)
processed meat - meat that has been cut, packaged and turned into a product that can be sold in a store
frozen - when water turns to ice, when something stops moving
processing - meat processing, food processing (done in a meat processing plant)
food processing - methods and techniques to change raw agricultural products such as fruit, rice, and meat into products that can be sold in a store to consumers (See Wikipedia) การถนอมอาหาร การแปรรูปอาหาร
breeder farm - a farm that raises pigs for breeding (making more pigs)
breeder - a pig raised for breeding
fattener farm - a farm that raises pigs for slaughter and sale as food
fattener - a pig raised for fattening and sale of its meat
distribution - getting a company's products from factory to store to customer การจำหน่ายออกไป
producer - a company that produces a certain kind of good for sale ผู้ผลิต
plants - factories
crucial - very important (effects the result of something) สำคัญยิ่ง
significantly - in an important way อย่างสำคัญ
award - a prize or a sum of money that is given to someone following an official decision รางวัล
local - in this country (here: Thailand)
subsidiaries - companies which are owned by a larger company บริษัทสาขา
integrated - combining things of different types in one effective system ที่รวมเข้าด้วยกัน
revenue - income from taxes or business activities รายได้
forecasts - what experts say will happen in the future คาดการณ์
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