“The HACCP certification means that Honey Bun is considered as operating at world-class standards,” CEO Michelle Chong revealed to shareholder applause at an extraordinary general meeting at the Jamaica Exporters’ Association headquarters in Kingston on Thursday, May 26, 2016.
HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.
For an operation to be HACCP certified, it must pass the seven-point test for hazard analysis of biological, chemical or physical food hazards.
They are: determining critical control points; establishing critical control limits, for example, minimum cooking temperature and time; establishing a system to monitor control of critical control points; establishing corrective actions; establishing procedure for verification to confirm that the HACCP system is working effectively; and establishing documentation and record keeping.
The certification comes after four years of tests and analyses of the bakery’s operations at 26 Retirement Crescent. The process is notably rigorous, and is known to be harder to achieve than ISO-9000 certification.
“We are claiming this HACCP certification, as a first for a Jamaican bakery, as we have not seen any information that any bakery, smaller or larger, is so certified,” CEO Chong told the investors.
Chong said the certification will also affect how Honey Bun interacts with its suppliers.
“As part of HACCP certification, we have to ensure that our suppliers are practising food safety systems. Our team went out to audit one of our suppliers, which is five, maybe 10 times, the size of Honey Bun. They failed our [initial] audit; when we went back, they passed. But here it is, little Honey Bun, we will be able to position ourselves as standard-bearers for all our suppliers. This makes a better Jamaica, once we start to improve the standards in general,” Chong relayed.
About Honey Bun
Honey Bun Honey Bun (1982) Limited is an independent bakery has been listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange Junior Markets since June 2011.
The baking company was founded by Herbert and Michelle Chong, who act as chairman and CEO respectively. The company has expanded its repertoire of baked goods to include donuts, breads, buns, cheese breads, raisin buns, cinnamon rolls, and Goldie cakes.