The South African Meat Industry Company (SAMIC) was launched in 1997 to take over some of the regulatory responsibilities of the Meat Board, which was closed down during deregulation.
The idea behind the launch was to create a body that would perform independent third-party inspections and audits, in the meat industry for the industry. As such, SAMIC has been playing an increasingly important role in regulating food quality, especially in the light that the number of abattoirs in South Africa increased from 105 in 1992 to 389 in 2020, with most of these abattoirs found in rural areas.
The company is accredited by the South African National Accreditation System to perform inspection services and registered as auditors by the Southern African Auditor and Training Certification Authority. It is also a member of the South African Association of Certification Bodies and has been appointed under the Agricultural Standards Act (Act 119 of 1990), the Marketing Act and Animal Health Act.
The South African Meat Industry Company employs highly skilled and experienced auditors and inspectors to ensure excellent service to the meat industry.