Food safety remains top priority for growers

11/20/2009 11:49:24 AM
Tom Burfield

“It took time, effort and money to get everything up to par,” Brent Harrison said. But once Congress passes food safety legislation, “We’re going to be ahead of it.”

Calavo Growers Inc. also wants to stay on top of food safety, said JJ Badillo, director of diversified products.

“We get to really focus in on that,” he said.

The company is audited by Scientific Certification Systems for good agricultural practices and good manufacturing practices. It’s also involved with the C-TPAT program, has a one-step forward, one-step back traceability program and, in late October, was at milestone three in the Produce Traceability Initiative program.

“We’re continuing to advance,” he said, “making sure our customers and their customers are taken care of.”

Del Campo Supreme Inc. has taken food safety to a level beyond what anyone is asking for, said Jim Cathey, general manager and sales manager.

The company was the first in Mexico to sign on with HarvestMark, and the firm is one of only two companies in Mexico to achieve SQF (Safe Quality Food Institute) 1000 Level 3 certification, he said.

“We feel we’ve done what we had to do to get the interest of major retailers and to show them that we value and desire their business,” he said.


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