We are adamant about ensuring that our produce and practices meet the highest standards for food safety. Not only do we stringently adhere to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP’s) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP’s) put forth by GlobalG.A.P. (a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) program) we also routinely conduct self-audits and work with a number of independent agencies like to achieve certification and ensure that the Sun World label stands for quality and safety.
We annually register our facilities in Kimberlina and Coachella, Calif. with the Federal Drug Administration per the FDA Bioterrorism Act of 2002. We conduct self-audits along with third party verification audits for GAP’s and GMP’s for all our ranches, harvest crews, packing houses, and cooler and storage areas in the San Joaquin Valley and Coachella Valley. Because we always want to be prepared in the rare case of a food safety issue we conduct mock recalls on an annual basis using our lotting system to trace back our product to the day, ranch, block, crew and, with grapes, sometimes even down to the packer. Lastly, we annually budget for industry or third party training classes offered by HACCP, Primuslab and GlobalG.A.P. to better understand the ever-changing audit standards, customer needs, industry initiatives such as PTI, or governmental changes to laws, like the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Internationally, we adhere to the same standards and work with corresponding agencies to ensure quality and safety.
Sun World will remain dedicated to maintaining certifications and evolving our practices to conform to advances and changes in laws and standards. That’s our commitment to our customers and the many consumers who enjoy Sun World produce worldwide.