THIRD PARTY AUDIT PROGRAM
Since 1993, Westside Produce has committed to provide the highest level of food safety and quality
to our cantaloupe and honeydew consumers. We have a rigorous and credible food safety
management system in place, have implemented a HACCP/HAPC system to identify and reduce
hazards at every step in our process, have established a system to review and continually improve
our safety and quality objectives, and have communicated the responsibility for food safety and
quality to every worker at Westside Produce.
To validate our programs and processes, and ensure compliance at every level, we utilize leading
third-party providers of certification, inspection, and testing services. Some of our approved certifying
bodies (“CB”) include SCS Global Services
(“Primus”), and World Quality
(“WQS”). Each CB has its own specialty and role in our food safety management system.
Over past 25 years, we have conducted hundreds of audits under several different schemes,
including Primus GFS, Global G.A.P. IFA, and Safe Quality Food (“SQF”) Level 3. Each of the
above mentioned schemes are Global Food Safety Initiative (“GFSI”) approved, however, SQF Level
3 is the only certification standard that includes a component for quality. Our level 3 certification
raises the bar by focusing on providing quality in addition to safe food.
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 knowledge learned over 25-years of conducting
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”) now includes 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 improve the safety of produce. California cantaloupe producers have pledged
over $250,000 to assist in funding this important research.