Sultanas & Raisins Processing
Sultanas & Raisins are sourced from our registered and approved farmers. All raw
materials are subject to quality checks to see the compliance with our raw material
specifications and only the ones meet our criteria are accepted. After this check,
they are mechanically cleaned and stored in plastic cases till further use. Appropriate
raw materials that comply with the required organic certification (EU, Demeter,
Bio Suisse, JAS, NOP etc.) and quality attributes are selected for each batch and
customer. Foreign bodies such as leaves, stalks, stems etc. are removed on the mechanical
cleaning line that has aspirators, sieves, capstem machine etc. which is then followed
by Laser Scanning, X-Ray sorting and hand selection to ensure that customer requirements
and specifications are met.
Dried Figs Processing
Dried figs are graded as per their size and chill-stored to prevent aflatoxine growth
till further use. The first step of production process is the UV Control (aflatoxin
control) to remove any aflatoxin contaminated figs where every fig is checked individually.
This is followed by washing to remove any dust, soil, dirt, etc. ; drying to remove
the excessive water gained during washing which allows a safe product through strict
control of moisture and water level after drying. Traditionally, Turkish figs are
formed into different types called baglama, protoben, lerida, pulled etc according
to customer order.
For industry; figs can be provided as clipped, diced, paste, granules
Dried Apricots Processing
Dried whole pitted apricots from our projects are delivered in plastic boxes and
are subject to standard intake checks. The process is similar to that of figs, except
For industry; apricots can be processed diced, paste, granules.
Dried Pears, Apples, Peaches, Prunes, Mulberries, Sour Cheries
With effective cleaning machineries, subject dried fruits are washed and dried in
our drying tunnels and processed to halves, slices of dices according to customer
requirements; laser and X-Ray sorted and passes through the metal detector prior
We can produce macerated chopped dates with very low pit counts as well as paste
and whole pitted dates.
Hazelnuts are processed at our subcontractor’s premises and transported to our factory
for final cleaning and checks before packing where they are handled in a designated
area to prevent their cross contamination to non-allergen goods. They are mechanically
and manually cleaned through dedicated machinery and by trained staff.
Being one of the most important food safety systems, “HACCP- Hazard Analysis Critical
Control Points” and “GMP- Good Manufacturing Practices“, are applied in ISIK A.S.,
in order to achieve the highest standards for its customers, as well as satisfying
the internal goals. Please find the applications that are included, but not limited
to those only, in company’s HACCP and "GMP" system, as follows:
- The raw material is inspected at the entrance of the factory and only the ones that
confirm the company’s “Raw Material Specifications” are accepted and coded internally
according to the related instructions, which will help to trace the goods from origin
till to end product. The quality checks are carried out according to ISIK A.S. “Quality
Plans” at three major steps, namely “Raw Material”, “In Process” and “Final Product”.
- Microbiological, pesticide residue, mycotoxine and heavy metal analysis are carried
out at accredited external laboratories, either in Turkey or abroad, while sensorical,
physical and some chemical analysis are done at companies own laboratory.
- A detailed “Factory Cleaning Plan” is under use, defining the cleaning and disinfection
responsibilities, periods and methods for the machinery, lines, floors, ceilings,
toilets and all other parts in the building, applying approved chemicals. The effectiveness
of the cleaning is checked by “Swab Controls” as well as visual inspections.
- As a part of ISIK’s “Foreign Material and Glass Policy”, necessary precautions are
taken and the staff has already been trained in order to prevent any type of contamination
by foreign bodies. Laser scanner, sieves, magnets, metal detectors are used to prevent
and / or detect the foreign bodies from the products. All the glasses looking into
the production area are either wired or covered by a protective shield that will
prevent them scattering in case of a breakage.
- An “Annual Maintenance Plan” for the machinery and building, is used throughout
- As “Training” and “Awareness” are two of the most important issues in a Quality
System, ISIK A.S. believes that the success of its Quality System depends on the
awareness and knowledge of its team. Therefore all the staff, including the managers,
are trained internally and externally, based on ISIK’s “Training Plan” prepared
on biannual basis, since 2000.