Food Safety and Product Handling

  • Delano Farms Company has an extensive Food Safety Program and is certified in the Global Food Safety Initiative Scheme (GFSI) annually by PrimusLabs, a leading company in third party food safety auditing.
  • We hold a continuous Superior rating in our Food Safety Management Program. We audit every field that produces grapes annually under GFSI standards along with doing Black Widow Spider audits which ensure Black Widow spiders are kept out of the fields and out of our finished product. Audits on Harvest Crews are done to ensure they are following food safety rules and regulations by displaying proper handling and packing techniques and procedures. Our pack house and cold storage facility go through a GFSI scheme audit on an annual basis as well. The tough standards ensure that the people and the environment that the grapes are packed and stored in are clean and free of any possibilities of contaminating the product.

  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a system used to reduce the risk of safety hazards in food. An annual check or “Hazard Analysis” is done of the entire flow of product through our operation from receiving to shipping. Critical control points are checkpoints throughout the flow that assure the grapes passing through our facility are handled, packed, stored and shipped properly and with no possible contamination issues from outside sources.
  • As a part of our Food Safety program, all employees are trained in proper environmental, and personal hygiene as well as learning about food security and defense. Employees are trained to look for anything or anyone that might be out of place and report it to a supervisor.
  • With the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Delano Farms is making sure we are up to standards and regulations that the USDA has put in place to help keep food safety standardized and organized for a better, healthier way to handle fresh produce.