JOURNALISTS TOUR VOLTIC NYAME ANI PLANT
A SELECTED group of the media practitioners last Thursday embarked on familiarization tour of the Voltic (GH) plant at Nyame Ani in the Bosomtwe district of Ashanti.
The tour, organised by Voltic (GH) Limited, producers of Voltic Natural Mineral Water, was to enable members of the group to get acquainted with the production processes of the plant.
Mr. Raymond Mensah Gbetivi, Quality Assurance Manager (QAM) of the company, took them through the production processes, including stages from the boreholes, various filtration and purification stages, packaging and storage.
He educated the journalists on the significant difference between purified municipal water and purified natural mineral water.
According to him, Voltic Natural Mineral water belongs to the purified natural mineral water category, since the product is naturally filtered and purified through processes without addition of chemicals or additives, from two borehole sources at the Nyame Ani plant which was established in December 2008 after a plant had been established in 1995 at Medie, near Nsawam.
The QAM said the borehole sources are 60 meters each below ground level, while the aquifer is rich in minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Nitrate, Sulphate, Potassium, etc. Mechanized boreholes are constructed to draw raw water from the aquifer for filtration, purification and packaging, making Voltic a real natural mineral water.
Mr. Gbetivi explained that it was not true that one can adopt water treatment system used by one water producer for another and said a good water treatment system is the one that considers and incorporates adequate controls to address the shortfalls of the source water quality to meet the unique needs of consumers.
Voltic (GH) Limited is currently among the few packaging water companies in Ghana issued with a HACCP Certificate by the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) after it had been trained through the Industrial Support Services Programme (ISSP) of the Food and Drugs Board.
The HACCP system builds confidence in product safety, which is translated into confidence of patrons and producers alike in the product.
It allows for less consumer complaints and reduced regulatory visits to production premises and also allows access of the packaged water from Voltic (GH) Limited on international market.
The QA Manager indicated that the programme also supported the installation and audit of the HACCP system.
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