At every step of cultivation and packing, West Coast Tomato, LLC uses the best food safety practices. We strive to exceed all food safety standards consistently. We know that the safety standards start at the time of planting and need to continue throughout the entire process.
Food Safety History
West Coast Tomato has been an active contributing participant in the development and implementation of Food Safety Principles and Standards since the early days of Food Safety in the tomato industry. We have worked closely with the Florida Tomato Committee and the University of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to advance the practical principles of Food Safety.
We have utilized both the USDA Inspection Services as well as 3rd party certification bodies ranging from PRIMUS and NSF Davis Fresh in the past to our current certification body, NCSI Americas, Inc. utilizing the Global G.A.P. audit scheme for Tomato Metrics.
West Coast Tomato has adopted a comprehensive Food Quality Management System based on an ISO 22000 format. Our system is reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis to keep up with changing needs in food safety and processing.
We were involved with the Florida Tomato Committee’s efforts to develop a “harmonized” audit scheme that would meet the need for an independent 3rd party audit as well as meeting the Florida TGAP and USDA audit requirements. West Coast Tomato served as the pilot audit for the program that helped to finalize the audit scheme in addition to being the first Tomato Grower/Packer to successfully complete the Global G.A.P. Produce Safety Standard including the Tomato Metrics Checklist.
- USDA TGAP certified
- Global G.A.P. Produce Safety Standard Fruit & Vegetable Control Points and Compliance Criteria Version 4.0-2 Mar 2013- Addendum Version 4.0-2-Jul 2013 including the Tomato Metrics Checklist
- GGN # 00031-FTVFP-0002
- Supporter of the Global Product Traceability Initiative. Implemented the standardized case label, consistent with PTI (Produce Traceability Initiative) in fall 2013.
- Member of GS-1
- Registered with FDA as a Food Facility
West Coast Tomato utilizes an in house tracking capability through the use of FAMOUS systems and our Product Withdrawal & Recall Policies. We utilize a GTIN compliant box label along with a GS-1 registration for all of our boxes. We are able to track product back to seed stock and seed vendors forward through the growing and packing stages, through warehousing and eventual shipment to the customers. Our GTIN compliant label is then able to be incorporated into the customers tracking capability by utilizing a GTIN compliant system.
Our Product Withdrawal & Recall Policies are tested and updated annually through the use of a mock recall system that allows us to evaluate the efficacy of the system.