THIRD PARTY AUDIT PROGRAM
Since 1995, Westside Produce has utilized the services of SCS Global Services ('SCS") for its Food Safety, Food Security and NutriClean Certification Programs. SCS is a leading third-party provider of certification, auditing and testing services, and standards. Their goal is to recognize the highest levels of performance in food safety and quality, environmental protection and social responsibility in the private and public sectors, and to stimulate continuous improvement in sustainable development.
One of the most important and distinguishing assets of SCS is their status as a truly neutral third party. They deliver professional, objective services that have only one goal - to make the food system as safe as it can possibly be. For more information on SCS and the services they provide, please visit their website.
GOVERNMENTAL AUDIT PROGRAM
Despite the fact that California cantaloupes have never been associated with a food borne illness outbreak, producers and packers in the state have adopted and updated practices to enhance the safety and security of their product based upon knowleged learned over 20-years of conducting extensive research.
In May 2012, 100% of the cantaloupe handlers in California voted to initiate the state's first mandatory food safety program to be implemented by a commodity board. Through this program, the California Cantaloupe Advisory Board (CCAB) will now include a food safety certification program that requires government auditors to verify that a set of science-based production and handling metrics are being followed by individual handlers. Click here for CCAB Audit Metrics. This new program will make non-compliance an unfair trade practice in California.
The CCAB is also a major contributor to the Center for Produce Safety, an organization charged with conducting research to imporve the safety of produce. California cantaloupe producers have pledged a contribution of $200,000 to assist in funding this important research.