Wish Farms Food Safety Program
Wish Farms’ Food Safety Program includes certification by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the highest level in food safety management systems, covering both GAP and GMP. The Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) includes a series of food safety checkpoints covering farm production and post-production. In addition, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) covers food safety procedures in our warehouse and coolers.
Our berry processing facilities are certified by Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) which, defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is a systematic approach to the identification, evaluation, and control of food safety hazards.
Wish Farms is compliant with the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), which implements case-level electronic traceability across our strawberry and blueberry shipments. We have gone above and beyond this industry-driven standard and developed a patented traceability system called FreshQC™ How’s My Picking?™ achieving item-level produce traceability.
To verify Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) are being followed, Wish Farms employs independent third party auditors, to perform audits throughout the season at each of our fields, coolers and distribution locations around the world. Wish Farms reviews results to ensure any non-compliant issues are addressed and corrected.
- Regulatory Compliance
- Field History & Assessment
- Worker Health & Hygiene
- Agriculture Water Quality
- Animal Control
- Soil Amendments
- Pre-Harvesting Assessment
- Field Packaging & Handling
- Equipment Sanitation & Maintenance
- Tracing & Recall Testing
All of our independent growers are under contractual agreement to adhere to our Wish Farms Food Safety Program . Our grower partners operate independently and therefore are responsible for adhering to federal, state and local food safety regulations.
Wish Farms’ Food Safety Team provides ongoing education to our growers throughout the season in addition to pre and post harvest. Members of our Grower Relations staff are onsite at the farm during the season to ensure food safety policies are being followed. Team members are readily available to address any non-compliant issues quickly and effectively. Each grower is aware that non-compliance can lead to disassociation from Wish Farms.
Compliance with the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) is required by each of our Wish Farms growers. This industry-developed program ensures case-level electronic traceability. In addition, all of our growers must utilize our patented FreshQC™ – How’s My Picking?™ trace back system, which links each package of berries to the picker in the field, accomplishing item-level traceability.
With How’s My Picking?™, we are able to provide specific information about each individual package of produce. If a circumstance were to arise where the safety of our produce was in question, this trace back system allows us to isolate a food safety incident and identify the exact area in the field where the produce was harvested.
With our patented traceability tool, How’s My Picking?™, Wish Farms has the ability to trace our product back to the grower, variety, field location, date and time. A unique 16-digit code is tied to specific information for each package of berries. Consumer feedback is linked to our growers and pickers holding them accountable and ensuring we offer the highest quality pack.
At Wish Farms, we take pride in our product and our family name. We look forward to hearing feedback from the people who have experienced our berries. If you would like to share praise or a concern, we want to hear from you! Our team is dedicated to building loyal Wish Farms berry lovers. From our family to yours, we hope you enjoy!
An essential part of a balanced diet includes eating fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Health experts advise, that regardless if conventionally or organically grown, consuming fresh produce will provide the most nutritional value for our diet and far outweighs any risk of pesticide residues on produce.
A great resource to educate yourself and make the right decision for your family is www.safefruitsandveggies.com. This non-profit organization shares information on pesticide use and features an interactive pesticide-residue calculator to determine risk for adults and children.
We understand produce selection is a personal choice. Wish Farms appreciates the opportunity to offer an organic alternative to consumers. Our organic strawberries and blueberries are available at many grocery retailers throughout the year. All Wish Farms organic produce is certified organic by Quality Certification Services and the USDA.