Microgreens grower aces food safety audit - The Packer

Microgreens grower aces food safety audit

02/21/2013 11:23:00 AM
Chris Koger

Fresh OriginsFresh Origins, a San Diego grower of microgreens and edible flowers, has received a perfect score for the second year in a row from a third-party food safety audit.

The Primus Labs audits cover good agricultural/manufacturing practices in the company’s greenhouses and packinghouse and its harvest crews, according to a news release.

As a member of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, Fresh Origins is also subject to random field audits by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The company has 24 acres of production, among the smallest producers in the LGMA.

“Our family farm is very serious about food safety. This is a discipline and priority that we instill in each member of our team,” David Sasuga, founder of Fresh Origins, said in the release. “We are proud to be an example of a small farm that is recognized for excellence in food safety compliance. There is really no reason that small farms shouldn’t be held accountable for the safety of their products.”

The company distributes microgreens to high-end foodservice operators through specialty produce distributors nationwide, according to the release. Fresh Origins plans to add retail sales this year.

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Ed Macias    
February, 21, 2013 at 01:23 PM

Primus also audited the cantaloupe growers in Colorado recognizing no problems

David Sasuga    
San Marcos  |  February, 21, 2013 at 08:33 PM

Good point Ed! This was discussed with the auditor a year ago during a previous inspection of Fresh Origins. No doubt they learned a lot in terms of how important these audits are and what to look for. All we can do is continue to improve and not let our guard down.

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