Tété – a Portuguese dairy company – became a company certified by ISO22000:2005 Regulation in 2019 certifying the entire production process and ensuring that the company complies with all the food safety standards. The team allocated to this process has successfully achieved this certification that will increase the consumers’ trust in the food safety of Tété’s products and help the company in new markets.
According to Cátia Monteiro – Tété’s quality manager and responsible for this certification process – “any certification system is a challenge for companies since nowadays they are understood as a determining factor of the competitiveness between competition and an exclusion factor for entry into increasingly demanding new markets. In the Food Safety Management System the continuous improvement is not a mere slogan or management principle. During the certification process the organization has to highlight the path forward and the experienced progress, in order to improve current levels of performance”.
“The Certification in Food Security therefore commends the joint effort of all in the control and optimization of the production of safe products, in the reduction of errors of non-quality and consequent increase of competitiveness”, says the person in charge, who also expressed the gratitude to all employees of Tété “who, with their daily contribution, made it possible to obtain this certification”.
Tété was founded in 1960 by the Amaro family, who started the production of fresh cheeses. A small, traditional production, initially to flow the milk from its small dairy farm.
In 1998, the curd cheese and cured cheeses’ production began and in 2002 the company introduced the curd cheese with garlic and herbs, the curd cheese with pumpkin jam and the cow and sheep mixture curd cheese and in 2008 the production of fresh goat cheese started.
In 2010 the company has started to be administered by the third generation of the Amaro family and in 2013 the production of goat, sheep and cow butters and fresh sheep cheese began. In 2017 the company also started to produce natural goat yogurt.