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Validated Accountability

Before any product is allowed  to enter commerce from our jerky plant by Meat Safety Assurance inspectors,we have to sign a pre shipment review form declaring that all product is “ready to eat ‘ and safe for consumption. 

There is much more to it than that, but it basically means that we are accountable for the product, good and bad.  We take pride in placing our reputation on the line with every bite you take.  More importantly we take pride in knowing that you are eating one heck of a safe product.  We own not only the  business but we own the philosophy, the mindset, and the INTENTION to be the best.  We will own it in good times and in bad times to the best of our ability. 

In bad times the tendancy for business to blame others is a common response.  In the late 80′s  early 90′ before the regulatory systems of today there was a major outbreak of jerky related Salmonella and E. Coli poisonings.  Several people became very ill because no true standards were set in place to safeguard from “microscopic bugs”.  The manufacturer blamed the inspectors and the distributor for the beef , the inspectors blamed the standards, the distributor blamed the slaughter yards and  the slaughter yards blamed the inspectors and so on.  If the manufacturer would have taken the time to produce a safe product which means to understand  everything that there is to know about  making jerky, then none of this would have happened. And more importantly no one would have gotten sick. It’s called being accountable, but in these times victim-hood is ever so popular.

The need to blame and rationalize and basically lie to oneself is a much easier way to deal with adversity than to play the accountability hand.  But in the end,  with falsehoods you only hurt yourself and your overall intent. 

“Validated accountability” is our model that is we have justification for everything that we do.  We measure everything from humidity to temperature.  We send product to the lab to get tested for various things. We do this because if there is ever a question about our product we can produce documentation that supports the process from beginning to end.  The entire process is validated.  We are by no means perfect but we do constantly strive for excellence.  TRUST BUT VERIFY… 

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