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Your Safety

First, do no harm.

from the Hippocratic oath

Your safety is of utmost importance to us. We don’t delegate safety issues. Our involvement starts at the top and then includes every member of our team. So your safety becomes part of our culture. We strive every day to earn and keep your trust and confidence!

Our safety standards are among the highest in the industry. These standards have been developed in concert with our key retail and restaurant partners so that they cover the entire supply chain from field to fork.

We use the following systems, processes, and practices in all of our operations.

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    A team member visits with a nurse at one of our medical facilities.
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    A company doctor checks on a young patient.
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    We encourage families in our company provided housing.
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    Taking pride in the summer harvest on the cool California coast.
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    A view inside one of our pre-school class rooms.
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    Sorting tomatoes takes a gentle touch and a keen eye.
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    Packing it right the first time requires skill and experience.
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    Harvesting vine ripened tomatoes.
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    Enjoying a book in one of our day care facilities.
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    Future scientist works on renewable energy wind mill.
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    The beauty of summer berries.
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    Team member housing, made out of straw bales.
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    A happy team is a productive team.

HACCP is a production control system for the food industry. In short, it is a system that identifies where potential contamination can occur (the critical control points) and then carefully manages and monitors these points to ensure that the safest product possible is being produced.

We use GAP's in all of our farming operations. GAP's are practices and systems applied to farming with the goal of producing sufficient, safe, and nutritious food while taking into account economical, social, and environmental sustainability. GAP’s are continually being improved upon by governments, NGOs, and the private sector to meet stakeholder needs and specific requirements.

We use GMP’s in all of our packing and cooling facilities. GMP’s are practices and systems that we use to ensure that our products are consistently washed, graded, and packed to the highest level of quality and safety. GMP's are continually being improved upon by governments, NGOs, and the private sector to meet stakeholder needs and specific requirements.

We routinely use testing as a way to confirm that our food safety and farming systems are working as designed. We do a lot of testing. We test the cleanliness of the water used on our farms and in our packing sheds. We test our fields and facilities for bacteria, such as E. coli and salmonella. We even test for pesticide residues.

We use qualified, third party labs to analyze our samples. We share the results with interested parties including, governmental agencies, retailers, and restaurants.

The FDA and USDA also test product that comes across the international border for pesticide residue and microbial contamination.

Our systems and processes must work properly each and every day, not just on the day of the audit. Therefore we stress that audits be conducted on a surprise basis.

We have three levels of auditing in our operations.

  • We employ an in–house team of food safety and quality assurance auditors who visit all of our farms and facilities on a regular basis and conduct routine audits.

  • We employ a third party auditing company called primuslabs.com that conducts random third party audits on all of our farms and facilities each season.

  • Certain customers have their own auditors who regularly audit our operations.

Produce traceability allows us to track produce from the farm to the retail store and from the retail store back to the farm. Produce traceability is an important link in protecting public health because it allows health agencies to quickly and accurately identify the source of contaminated produce and remove it from the marketplace.

Every case of produce we sell has a code that allows us to identify where the produce was grown, when it was harvested and packed, and who it was sold to. To ensure that our traceback programs work properly, we routinely conduct mock product recalls.

We have worked hard to develop systems to ensure that we grow the safest and most wholesome produce possible. Still, we are humble enough to recognize that there is always room for improvement.

We work closely with customers, governmental agencies, universities, and trade associations to identify and employ the latest scientific advances and technological innovations. We challenge ourselves to get better each and every day. We call this continual improvement.

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