Daintee Quality Department
The enviable reputation of the Daintee group of companies is largely due to the maintenance of high standards in quality and factory hygiene at all times. The two manufacturing companies are visited regularly by foreign consultants, who advise staff and monitor the performance of every aspect of production. The management of the companies operates under the concept of Quality Management System (QMS) in order to maintain a quality culture throughout the companies. The companies are the only Sri Lankan confectionery company to have been awarded both the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2008 certificate and the SLS Product Certification Mark from the Sri Lanka Standards Institution.
Daintee Group of Companies has an in-house Quality Assurance Department which carries out chemical analysis, microbiology testing and sensory evaluation on raw materials, in-process products and finished goods. In our chemical analysis laboratory, the following parameters are tested: moisture, pH, sulphated ash, acid insoluble ash, total ash, reducing sugar, total sugar, acidity as anhydrous citric acid and fat content. The companies recently invested in a microbiology laboratory which tests raw materials, products and factory surfaces which come into contact with food. State-of-the-art 3M Petrifilm technology, in accordance with AOAC International (Association of Official Analytical Chemists International) protocols, is used for testing raw materials, in-process products and finished products for the following range of micro-organisms: yeast, moulds, aerobic bacteria, coliform bacteria, Escherichia coli
and Staphylococcus aureus
. Factory surfaces are tested for proteins, coliform bacteria, Escherichia coli
and Salmonella. Sensory Evaluation of products includes testing the texture, setting, taste, colour and visual inspection.