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Shippers investing in safety

12/23/2013 03:01:00 PM
Andy Nelson

That was then, this is now.

“Two years ago, we broke away and went to a global food safety-certified” program that enhanced the program New Limeco already had in place, Edgar said. “Rather than just follow the procedures of GMP and GAP, now we have a complete profile, a food safety diagram laid out by our management team.”

Edgar said New Limeco learned many lessons from the story of Jensen Farms, the Colorado cantaloupe shipper responsible for a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed at least 33 people and sickened 147 in 28 states.

New Limeco hired a company that specializes in building customized traceability plans for businesses to help ensure that, in the event of a recall, the company would have what Edgar called a “complete circle” of accountability.

“They helped us devise a new inventory management and accounting system,” he said.

Now, Edgar says New Limeco is in the process of “taking PTI a step further” by helping its grower-partners add serial numbers at the case level to match what New Limeco is doing at the receiving end.

Within two years, Edgar said, the company hopes to have its major growers on board with the project. By February, New Limeco should have one of its major papaya suppliers up and running, and by June 2014, the company expects to add at least a few more growers to the list.

Central American growers already have taken huge steps to get up to speed when it comes to food safety and traceability, Edgar said.

“We’ve gotten the growers on board to receive certification,” he said. “If you’re supplying Wal-Mart or another company, you have to be third-party audited. And they’re all up and running with Global GAP and Primus.”

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William Kanitz Pres.    
Florida USA.  |  December, 24, 2013 at 02:03 PM

To the New Limeco team, we want to say Thank You and Merry Christmas for using The ScoringAg database that runs FSMA real time data and our associate, ATS for working the labeling system that is needed for labeling. The data range in ScoringAg covers from Field-To-Fork including PTI labeling,crop growing, transportation and import certification document storage for recordkeeping requirements of FSMA. New Limco has earned the New Food Safety ScoringAg signage for using the database as it's Food Defense and Food Safety system. When FSMA is fully in force, I believe that New Limeco will have a smooth transition with the world class leader in recordkeeping and traceback, no matter the product that New Limeco sources from anywhere worldwide.

Pamela Sweeten    
Turlock, CA  |  January, 01, 2014 at 06:19 PM

New Limeco is a true LEADER in traceability. The actions that they have taken in developing a true food safety program has set them apart. Industry should be taking notice and understanding that the documentation needed to meet the Food Safety Modernization Act is cost effective, ScoringAg and Advanced Traceability Solutions have developed a comprehensive system that is continually evolving as FSMA rules are finalized. If you're in need of a program that is cost effective and comprehensive look no further. has all the systems needed to make 2014 the year your food safety plan is in actions. Cheers!!!

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