An audit, to be conducted today (Wednesday) at the Alliance Pukeuri site, will hopefully provide a positive outcome towards getting the processing of sheep and lamb under way again at the site.
About 240 employees at Pukeuri were affected when the plant’s certification for China was suspended by the Ministry of Primary Industries in July after a container was shipped to China containing cartons that were incorrectly labelled.
Alliance general manager for processing Kerry Stevens said an acceptable outcome from this audit will be a positive step towards the suspension being lifted in the neat future.
“The audit is a step along the way,” he said.
Chinese market access regulations require a label on both the inside and outside of the label.
The affected cartons were labelled on the outside only and the issue relates only to the cartons and not to the meat.
In the meantime, sheep and lamb is being processed at the Smithfield plant in Timaru and this will enable the company to continue to service its customers in China.
Processing bobby calves at Pukeuri is unaffected.
By Jacquie Webby