Benefits of Membership

What are the benefits of being an SMA member?

Nutritional Labeling:  SMA is proud to offer nutritional labeling for single and multi ingredient products to members at a minimal cost. Download the Nutritional Labeling Forms and Confidentiality Agreement here.

 

HACCP Training: Accredited by the International HACCP Alliance.  Whether it is a refresher course or teaching new employees, SMA has you covered. Participants who  complete the course will receive a certificate and added to the Alliance’s database of HACCP trained individuals.

 

Advocacy: SMA is a vocal advocate for the meat and poultry processing industry. SMA organizes frequent trips to Washington D.C., affording its members direct access to key lawmakers and regulators.

Educational Programs: SMA offers a variety of training activities that allow members to stay abreast of the latest in processing technologies, products development, HACCP/SSOP implementation issues, and regulatory updates. SMA works closely with universities and private entities to provide the best and most useful programs.

Regulatory Assistance:  SMA is a clearinghouse for information about scores of state and federal rules, regulations, and laws affecting meat processors on a daily basis. Members receive frequent updates and advice for compliance with the regulatory mandates.  SMA retains legal counsel in Washington D.C. for even the most difficult regulatory issues or crises.

Information Services:  SMA is an industry leader in timely, effective dissemination of news and information that impact meat processors.  Information is distributed via email, internet, and postal service.  SMA publishes a weekly newsletter, along with e-mail news briefs, and other updates to stay on top of the latest developments.

Responsiveness: SMA provides outstanding leadership and prompt response for technical, regulatory and political issues, whether assisting members during crisis situations (e.g. recalls) or providing public comment and testimony on key rules and legislation.

Networking:  SMA offers the opportunity to network with others in the industry to get ideas and information you know has been tested by experience. SMA also provides opportunities to network with university scientists and other experts from many fields.

Membership Directory:  Published annually, SMA’s membership directory is another tool for networking, advertising, developing potential client lists, sourcing supplies, ingredients, services, materials, and equipment.

Annual Convention: For over 50 years, SMA has held its Annual Convention and Suppliers’ Showcase, providing members with outstanding technical programs featuring world-class speakers and offering an interactive forum to meet customers, peers, regulatory officials and other experts.

International HACCP Alliance: SMA is a charter member of the International HACCP Alliance, serving on its Board of Directors. The Alliance is dedicated to promoting international public health and food safety by facilitating uniform development and implementation of HACCP programs from farm to table.