Lake States Yeast (Rhinelander, WI) has just successfully completed its first SMETA audit. This ethical audit focused on business practices, labor laws, occupational health and safety and environment. It included a review of our documentation relating to those four pillars along with one-on-one operator interviews and a tour of the facility. We succeeded with no additional corrective actions at the end of this audit and got three outstanding mentions of “good examples”.
This type of audit is gaining in popularity in the food industry and was requested by two key accounts of Lallemand Bio-Ingredients. More information can also be found on the SMETA website: http://www.sedexglobal.com/ethical-audits/smeta/.