Thong Siek is one of 144 companies that have signed the President’s Challenge Enabling Employment Pledge, a commitment to providing more training and employment opportunities to persons with disabilities
Singapore’s President Madam Halimah visited Thong Siek Food Industry’s facility at Senoko Way, where she was led on a tour of its manufacturing processes for food items such as fishballs, fishcakes and crabsticks. The company has tapped technology to improve its productivity and efficiency, such as using QR codes to track the amount of raw materials in the inventory as well as machines to automate some work processes like vacuum packing.
Madam Halimah also stressed the importance of having a culture in the workplace where co-workers and management support staff with disabilities, citing Thong Siek as a good example.
Madam Halimah spoke to several of the staff who have disabilities, including 26-year-old Chan Wei Ling, a production operator who has mild autism and who is the company’s first PWD hire two years ago. Their duties include packing yong tau foo pieces and picking out defective items such as irregularly shaped fishballs. The company now employs five PWDs between the ages of 20 and 26, who all have mild autism, among its production staff of 120 and plans to hire 10 more persons with disabilities by the end of 2021.
Thong Siek Awarded the Highest BRC Certification: Grade AA in the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety
Thong Siek is exceptionally proud to be the first Singapore manufacturer of Surimi-Based Processed Seafood to obtain the highest-grade AA in the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety. This award acknowledges the high standard of food safety and best practices that Thong Siek adheres to. We have committed years of hard work to achieve current standards.
BRCGS is a robust Global Food Safety Standard developed by food industry experts from retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations. It imposes sets of system which ensure good management practice and frameworks on product safety, integrity and quality so customers can be confident in a company’s food safety program and supply chain management. All BRC audits are carried out by a global network of highly trained certification bodies and training providers.
Commenting on the accreditation, Thong Siek’s Deputy CEO, Ms Novelle Lim said: “It is a great achievement to be awarded Grade AA in the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety. The team has dedicated tremendous effort in setting stringent standards at Thong Siek. We are extremely proud of this achievement; this demonstrates our ongoing commitment to delivering the highest standards of food quality and safety.”
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