Romania becomes eligible to export raw-dried salami, including the famous Sibiu IGP salami, to the US market. The market leader, Cris-Tim Group, played a decisive role in the decision of the American authorities to allow the import of this category of products from Romania.
Cris-Tim Group, the market leader in meat products in Romania, has been accredited to export Sibiu IGP salami to the United States following a rigorous audit by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) conducted in Romania. The audit certified that the Romanian meats and meat product inspection system can ensure final control, supervision, and enforcement of legislation. Obtaining this extremely important accreditation for our country is the result of a concerted effort by Cris-Tim and other meat producers in Romania, the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA), and the embassies of the two countries – the US and Romania.
Cris-Tim Group has met all the necessary requirements for the equivalence of the meat inspection system in Romania with that in the US. To reopen the American market for meat and meat products from our country, the technical team of Cris-Tim Group has been in constant contact with ANSVSA, FSIS, and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA-APHIS).
The company has gone through all the stages that allowed the fulfillment of additional animal health requirements necessary for the export of raw-dried sausages from Romania to the United States. It was a lengthy process, in which Cris-Tim representatives actively participated in technical meetings on the requirements transmitted by APHIS.
“It was a team effort in which we developed a specific set of procedures that could consistently correlate the requirements and ensure, in the end, the equivalence of the inspection system. The management of Cris-Tim Group was directly involved alongside the internal technical team to benefit from all the necessary levers for the implementation of ANSVSA, FSIS, and USDA-APHIS requirements,” said Cristina Licu, Quality-Environment Protection Director at Cris-Tim.
Romania is now eligible to export raw-dried sausages and especially Sibiu IGP salami, and as always, Cris-Tim Group has shown that it is a trailblazer.
“We are honored to have been part of such a extensive project, and alongside the representatives of ANSVSA, we have managed to meet the certification and accreditation requirements requested by the American authorities,” said Nicoleta Ene, General Manager of the meat production factories.
“We thank ANSVSA, President Alexandru Bociu, Vice Presidents, and the entire leadership for all the efforts made. After years of sustained work, this is the first leadership that has made this achievement possible, with benefits for both the economy of our country and the meat producers in Romania. At the same time, our thanks go to the US Embassy in Romania, the Romanian Embassy in the US, as well as to other producers in Romania who, through their efforts, have led to obtaining this extremely important accreditation for our country,” said the group’s CEO, Radu Timiș Jr.
Founded three decades ago as a small family business, Cris-Tim Group is today the leader in the processed meat and ready meals market, as well as an important player in the dairy and hospitality industries. The Group is also the largest Romanian player on the local market serving 18 European countries, two of which are outside the European Union. Over 35% of the exported products are from the salami category, closely followed by Romanian skinless sausages, baloney, specialties, and sausages. Export is a priority in the growth strategy of the Cris-Tim Group, with an annual share in turnover of over 12% at the moment.
In 2017, Cris-Tim launched the Clean Label for the first time, becoming the first producer of such products and implicitly a benchmark in terms of safety and quality in the food industry.