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Food Safety and QualityAt Jacobs Farm / Del Cabo, we are committed to providing safe, healthy produce.
From the moment we began farming in 1980, we used organic farming methods because founders Larry Jacobs and Sandra Belin were dedicated to providing safe food free of chemicals dangerous to people and the environment. Food safety and quality have always been a top priority for us, andover the yearswe have developed a rigorous food safety program that includes innovative technology and some of the most advanced procedures in the food industry.
In addition to adhering to the national standards set by the USDA for organic produce, we continue to meet or exceed all industry standards for food safety and continually evaluate and update our existing food safety program by incorporating the latest advances in food science best practices.
Our program encompasses all aspects of our operations, from the field to the packing facilities. Worker hygiene, soil preparation, growing methods, harvest, post-harvest handling, packing, storing and shipping are just some of the areas of focus. Our program includes:
- A Director of Food Safety whose function is to continually enhance and implement our program
- Regular testing of water sources for harmful bacteria
- Microbiological testing of incoming product for harmful bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella
- Regular screening of incoming product for pesticide residue
- Rigorous initial and continual training of all employees in best practices for field and packing facility processes, employing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), resulting in higher standards and proper sanitation
- Preharvest field inspections to ensure adherence to GAP
- Annual audits performed by third-party agency Primus Labs as well as regularly scheduled internal audits to ensure adherence to GAP and GMP
- Maintaining a cold chain throughout our operations for all produce requiring refrigeration, thereby preserving the quality and safety of our products. This includes packing our products in a refrigerated "cold room" and loading onto a refrigerated delivery truck.
- Traceback systems in place for all products, allowing us to track every shipment back to the time of harvest and to the field in which it was grown
- Third-party audits and certifications by Primus labs for both GAP and GMP routinely result in excellent scores.
- Rigorous inspections by USDA accredited third-party organic certifier Oregon Tilth ensure the authenticity of our organic farming methods both in the U.S. and in Mexico.
For the importing of product from our Mexico partners:
- All Del Cabo fields and facilities are either already certified or are in the process of being certified by the Mexican government’s Department of Food Safety, SENASICA, (which functions under the Department of Agriculture, SAGARPA). These standards for certification are equal to those of U.S. accredited third-party auditing agencies. (Those same U.S. based agencies often perform the audits.) Certification by SENASICA thus requires regular facility visits, audits, and follow-up.
- We are members of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT), a supply-chain security measure. All trucks are sealed and monitored to prevent tampering while transitioning from Baja and while crossing the border.