What is Solar Farms Inc. doing to improve sprout safety?
Here at Solar Farms Inc. we strive to produce and delivery safe and enjoyable products to our customers through careful steps and processes. To ensure that we protect our customers from food-borne illnesses, we obtain our seeds from approved, quality suppliers that thoroughly test their product for potential hazards. We continue to ensure safety procedures throughout the products life in our own facility through sanitation, our HACCP program, testing of spent irrigation water, environmental testing, and annual third-party inspections.
HACCP, What's That?
In 1999, the FDA provided the sprout industry with guidance on reducing the risk of contamination of sprouts by harmful bacteria. The FDA and other Federal and state agencies continue to work with industry on detecting and reducing contamination and keeping contaminated sprouts out of the marketplace. Businesses such as ours also put a HACCP plan in place to ensure the safety for products and customers.
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) is an internationally recognized method of identifying and managing food safety related risk and, when central to an active food safety program, can provide customers, the public, and regulatory agencies assurance that a food safety program is well managed. Within this program, food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.
Our facilities are managed and supervised by individuals certified in HACCP procedures and preventative controls to ensure these steps are properly followed.