Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Your local markets carry an amazing variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are both nutritious and delicious. However, harmful bacteria that may be in the soil or water where produce grows may come in contact with fruits and vegetables and contaminate them. Fresh produce may also become contaminated after it is harvested, such as during preparation or storage. Eating contaminated produce (or fruit and vegetable juices made from contaminated produce) can lead to foodborne illness, often called “food poisoning.” As you enjoy fresh produce and fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, follow these safe handling tips to help protect yourself and your family.
HarvestMark is the fresh food traceability and insights platform from YottaMark, Inc. HarvestMark provides transparency and connection from the first to the last mile of the supply chain, enabling food producers and retailers to meet food safety requirements, build shopper loyalty, and optimize freshness and quality. More information in www.harvestmark.com
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a private organization, established and managed by the international trade association, the Consumer Goods Forum. under Belgian law in May 2000. The GFSI maintains a scheme to benchmark food safety standards for manufacturers as well as farm assurance standards. Our packing in Mexico, USA, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador and other countries have a certification compliant with this initiative. More information in www.nsf.org
Produce Traceabiliy Initiative – our service of complete supply chain electronic traceability , The most wide-reaching industry initiative in the produce sector, PTI promotes the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards. PTI is a voluntary, industry-wide effort designed to help the industry achieve supply chain-wide adoption of electronic traceability for every case of produce.
PrimusLabs: Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are guidelines established that ensure that field operations account for potential food safety issues. The PrimusLabs GAP program addresses the food safety topics of site selection, adjacent land use, fertilizer usage, water sourcing and usage, pest control and pesticide monitoring, harvesting practices (including worker hygiene, packaging storage, field sanitation and product transportation) and food defense. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) are developed and incorporated into the GAP program, providing guidance with respect to potential points for contamination and preventative or corrective measures to mitigate their effects.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the benefits of participating in C-TPAT could include: Playing an active role in the war against terrorism and good corporate citizenship. A reduced number of CBP inspections.
FDA Is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring that foods (except for meat from livestock, poultry and some egg products which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) are safe, wholesome, sanitary and properly labeled; ensuring that human and veterinary drugs, and vaccines and other biological products and medical devices intended for human use are safe and effective