At Washington Fruit we are committed to supplying safe, responsibly farmed and processed fruit that meets or exceeds industry standards. Our Food Safety Program consists of the following components:
- Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) – Good Agricultural Practices are a collection of principles to apply for on-farm production and post-production processes, resulting in safe and healthy food and non-food agricultural products, while taking into account economical, social and environmental sustainability.
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an ecosystem approach to crop production and protection that combines different management strategies and practices to grow healthy crops and minimize the use of pesticides. Washington Fruit has an in-house entomology expert who works full time on IPM.
- Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) - The HACCP system as applied for food safety management uses the approach of controlling critical points in food handling to prevent food safety problems. It is a system for identifying specific hazards and preventive measures for their control. Washington Fruit is registered as meeting the requirements of the SQF 2000cm CODE, Level 3 – Comprehensive Food Safety and Quality Management System.
In addition, our products are tested monthly by an independent 3rd party lab to verify their safety. Also, daily inspections conducted on site by the WA State Dept of Agriculture and our own internal quality control team helps ensure that we are only shipping safe, quality, fresh fruits.
Click the link below to view our SQF 2000 Level 3 certificate.