Test and Hold System
As one of just a handful of the beef processors in the U.S. to employ test-and-hold inventory management protocols, Valley Meats’ finished ground beef sampling system is one of the industry’s most effective, delineating responsibilities for personnel, documentation, equipment and raw materials. The program clearly defines guidelines for raw material handling, sampling of finished product, testing of two-hour production lots and USDA/FSIS sampling.
All products must be traceable back to the production lot, and must be on hold status and not released until all results for the production day are available and it has been determined that product meets the stringent testing standards.
Corrective actions based on improper sample collection, presumptive positive test results and safety zones are established to ensure that no implicated product enters commerce.
SANOVA® Disinfectant System
SANOVA®, a disinfecting agent consisting of sodium chlorite and citric acid, is used as a pre-treatment processing aid in the application of what is essentially a disinfectant to all facets of irregularly-shaped raw materials, killing disease-causing bacteria on contact.
This microbiospray provides the best assurance that ground beef produced by Valley Meats will be free of harmful pathogens, such as Salmonella and E. coli 0157:H7, a sometimes-deadly bacteria believed to mostly live in the intestines of cattle but has also been found in the intestines of chickens, deer, sheep, goats and pigs. The spray does not affect the quality, taste or color of the meat.
Valley Meats LLC is committed to the highest level of quality and food safety in the manufacture of our products. Every step of the production process is carefully controlled to ensure compliance with our stringent standards. Vendors must meet our quality and food safety standards, including E. coli O157:H7 testing. In-line bone eliminators and metal detectors provide an extra level of safety. Products are cooked in our fully equipped test kitchen to ensure taste and performance standards are met. Both raw materials and finished products can be traced quickly and accurately. Our commitment to quality guarantees the products you receive will consistently meet your requirements.