Food safety and quality assurance must begin where the produce grows, even though nature is difficult to control. Santa Rosa Produce’s farming practices have consistently been at the top of the produce industry, but we believe that even the best food safety standards require continuous improvement. To help ensure that the products grown and produced are both wholesome and safe, Santa Rosa Produce requires that all farms and harvesting crews be audited yearly and meet all federal requirements concerning GAP practices (Good Agricultural Practices). Santa Rosa Produce is also certified in the Global Food Safety Initiative Practices.
In addition to field quality assurance programs, Santa Rosa Produce also has their state of the art cooling and distributing facility audited. All audits are conducted through Primus Labs. In addition to inspections performed by Primus Labs, Santa Rosa Produce also has many other private/industry third party inspectors present, ensuring all food safety and quality measures are being achieved daily.
The key contents of GAP guidelines are sanitation, employee hygiene, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), irrigation water quality, pesticide use, and post-harvest handling of produce.
Santa Rosa Produce has been using Primus Labs for the last seven years for its Food Safety audits. Primus Labs is a third-party provider of certification, auditing, and testing, and complies with industry standards. They are recognized for their high standards of performance in food safety in the private and public sectors. Primus Labs is regarded as a truly neutral third party and delivers professional and objective service.