So… whose job is food safety? Here at Willie Itule Produce, we stand behind our produce 100%. But ultimately, it isn’t our food. Ranches, greenhouses, farms, packinghouses, distributors, storage facilities and transportation companies are all steps in the process of delivering you food for the delight of your paying customers. As your produce partner, we 100% own the responsibility to mitigate risks involved throughout each step of this process and ensure that our policies and procedures for doing so are continuously implemented and verified.
Our full time Food Safety / QA Manager has based our food safety program from GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) requirements utilizing the “packinghouse” scheme and checklist. We adhere to the requirements of the program 100% on a daily basis. We would be happy to speak with you regarding any details important to your business, and will be available to provide tours of our facility and program on a by appointment basis. Please contact your sales rep to schedule a tour, or email our food safety manager Michael Maggiore with your questions.
On Thursday, December 8th 2016 we completed our PrimusGFS Packinghouse Food Safety Audit in our new facility with a final score of 100%, validating our 100% commitment. Click here and here to view our audit certificate.
Below are points that prove our commitment to the best protection possible for our valued customers:
o State of the Art 80,000 sq. ft. facility with 50,000 sq. ft. of cooler space including a refrigerated/sealed loading dock keeping the cold chain intact.
o Suppler Approval Program to validate supplier partner and vendor compliance with our food safety program including current validated 3rd party audit(s) with corrective actions, certificates, and a letter of guarantee for GMP compliance.
o Rigorous receiving procedures including confirmation of product traceability & lot code designation, food defense, product and trailer temperature confirmations, quality checks and on hold or rejected product procedures and logging.
o Comprehensive recall procedures including a designated recall team with specific roles, external contact listings and 4 mock recalls performed per year to confirm readiness. We employ an “all hands on deck” approach with confirmed communication to affected customers as quickly as possible.
o Continuous electronic temperature monitoring and logging of all refrigerated space based on the product being stored and an alert system that communicates directly to our Food Safety Manager and back-up in an “out of range” event.
o A thorough allergen control program that includes standard operation procedures for receiving and delivery, segregated storage to eliminate cross contact opportunities and specific allergen only equipment for sanitation.
o Employee education for all staff is followed and continual on a set schedule including at new hire orientation. Standard topics covered include GMP’s, food safety, personal hygiene, food defense, allergen control, and additional topics based on job description and responsibilities.
o A master sanitation and preventative maintenance schedule for daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, biannual and annual tasks, including a microbial testing schedule to verify cleaning and sanitation procedures are continually effective.
o Above and beyond compliance to the FDA Food Defense requirements including 24 hour record-able video surveillance, key card entry points for authorized personnel, a visitor / contractor policy, and locked delivery trucks.
o An integrated, food safe, pest management program throughout the facility interior and exterior.
We respectfully request an opportunity to earn your business with each delivery, and provide you with the peace of mind that comes from partnering with a proven industry leader.
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