Archive for August, 2012
A recent mango salmonella Braenderup strain outbreak affecting the state of California and Canada has been linked to conventional Mexican grown “Daniella” brand mangoes. California has had 80 cases of this type of salmonella, and 67% of those people reported eating mangoes, the California Department of Public Health said.
Earl’s mangoes are 100% certified organic and not affected by the outbreak. Food safety is our number one priority at Earl’s.
Enjoy sweet plump red Rosa seedless grapes. Earl’s is carrying a variety of grapes including Black Summer Royale, Champagne, Flame and Thompson. Did you know that California grows over 99% of the commercially grown grapes. Learn more here
For the third consecutive year Earl’s Organic Produce renews their Food Safety Certification under the direction of Pablo B Ruiz, Manager of Food Safety. Pablo coordinates with the warehouse supervisors, staff, custodian and crew to ensure that all procedures are followed. Over 10 detailed logbooks need to be maintained on a daily basis, keeping track of the product and cooler temperatures, sanitation logs and a microbiological program to lab test water and ice to prevent bacterial contamination of the produce. In addition extensive training for each employee is mandatory on food handling and care, from the time it is received, stored in the coolers and then loaded onto trucks going out for delivery to our customers.
It is important for a company like Earls, dealing in produce every day, to have a food safety program in place. Over the past 3 years Earl’s has learned a lot about the small details that make a big difference on how our food is handled. Pablo is “proud to be the person handling the food safety program and to work with a fantastic group of professionals that take food safety seriously.” His goal is to help customers to create systems at the retail level to increase food safety awareness and care for each fruit and vegetable that goes out to the consumer.