Food Safety

North Bay Produce is committed to consumer health and safety.

Food-SafetyNorth Bay Produce growers operate with the highest production standards and comply with all required Food Safety Programs & Industry Best Practices that promote the safe cultivation and distribution of fresh, nutritious, contaminant-free produce. Such programs, founded on the principles of Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) established by the United States Food and Drug Administration in their publication, Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables, outline appropriate practices for production, handling, pest management, fertilizer use and transportation. New procedures will be adapted as we implement the newly enacted "Food Safety Modernization Act". Our growers regularly review all current and new safety measures for adequacy and effectiveness and also voluntarily submit to third-party evaluations of their systems.

As a fresh produce importer, North Bay Produce strongly supports initiatives that promote physical product security during production, transportation and importation. We are currently participating in the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) and complying with the Country of Origin (COO) labeling standards, established by the USDA. North Bay Produce imported product is subject to all U.S. Customs Service import safety and security measures.

North Bay Produce staff at each of our Warehousing & Packing Facilities inspect domestic and imported product for freshness and oversee that it is properly and securely handled and distributed. North Bay Produce utilizes a positive lot identification system that allows us to thoroughly track all of our produce from "field to fork". Further in our preparedness, the North Bay Product Recall-Consumer Complaint Program was created to quickly and effectively address any potentially hazardous or illegal products should they reach the market.