Food Safety Program
Since 2006, PureFresh has had a comprehensive in-house food safety program. This initiative is led by a scientist with an advanced degree in food science and technology. Every aspect of the program is guided by manuals covering Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Harvesting Practices (GHP), and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
We conduct regular water risk assessments of all water sources, including wells, reservoirs, and canals. If the results do not meet California Leafy Green Handlers Marketing Agreement Standards, corrective action is taken immediately. The water is retested before use to verify that the corrective actions were successful.
Pesticides and Chemicals
All pesticide and chemical applications are closely monitored at PureFresh. The chemical application process is monitored by both a third-party certified lab and the Agricultural Commissioner’s office at each of our crop growing sites. PureFresh fields are also tested for pesticide residue before harvesting to ensure the fruit meets all safety standards.
All employees of PureFresh receive regular training that covers food safety, product handling, hygiene, among other food safety-related topics. This training is supported by watchful supervision to ensure those safe practices are implemented through all growing, harvesting, and shipping processes.
For many years, PureFresh has invested in audits and inspections of our operations by a third-party certified lab and will continue to do so. These safety-focused audits include:
- Microbial testing
- Water testing
- Pesticide testing
- Ranch audits
- Harvest crew audits
- Cooling and cold storage audits