Walter P. Rawl & Sons Inc. has achieved its SQF 2000 Level 2 food safety and compliance certification from third-party auditor SQF.

Rawl earns food safety certification

Though the Pelion, S.C.-based grower and processor of bulk and packaged leafy greens has for years grown and packed under a Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point food safety system, Rawl spent 2010 preparing for a higher level of food safety certification through the Safe Quality Food Institute, a division of Arlington, Va.-based Food Marketing Institute, according to a news release.

The company increased worker safety awareness, revamped processing practices, strengthened documentation requirements and improved training protocols, according to the release.

To remain updated on food safety practices, Rawl has started working on its Level 3 SQF Certification for Food Safety and Quality, which Rawl expects to complete by the end of 2011.

“It is our responsibility to maintain a food safety program that is always evolving and offers consumers a safe, high quality product from a responsible company they can trust,” Ashley Rawl, director of sales, marketing and product development, said in the release.

SQF is a leading global food safety and quality certification program and management system that was designed to meet worldwide suppliers and buyers needs.