Like you, we believe that we all must do more to protect our food supply. So Earthbound Farm not only sets higher standards, we exceed them.
Our commitment to safe food starts with our choice to farm organically, made over a quarter-century ago. It extends to the way we plant, grow, harvest, test, inspect, wash, handle, package and deliver fresh produce to your family today. Unparalleled in integrity and scope, our safety program is the most rigorous in the industry.
On Safer Ground
Before planting, we evaluate each field’s natural history to uncover anything that might need special attention. Seeds are tested for potentially harmful bacteria (pathogens), including E. coli O157:H7, enterohaemorrhagic E. coli and salmonella, as are irrigation water, soil amendments and composted materials. From planting to harvest, each stage is inspected and audited to ensure it meets our strict food safety standards.
We lab-test freshly harvested greens for pathogenic E. coli, salmonella and shigella, and we destroy any greens that show signs of these bacteria. Only cleared greens enter our processing lines. All plant employees wear protective clothing to prevent unshielded contact with produce as equipment inspects, washes, and dries the delicate greens. Optical sorters remove stray pebbles and twigs, and the greens are passed through metal detectors as well. Then the salads are pre-washed in cold, lightly chlorinated water before packaging. At this point, the greens are lab-tested again. Salads shipped to store shelves have been food safety-tested twice.
Validated by the Best
Don't just take our word for it. Safety is unreliable without validation. We submit to the most stringent third-party validations in the industry, including the BRC Global Standards for Food Safety and more:
- BRC (British Retail Consortium) is the global gold standard of best practices in the food industry, and it requires detailed on-site audits.
- Our processing facility is certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).
- Independent certified laboratories perform continuous testing to verify the effectiveness of our sanitation program.
- We’re a signatory to the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA), a set of enhanced food safety standards for California-grown leafy greens.
Traceability to a "T"
We know where every leaf comes from in every salad we produce. Should we ever need to, we can instantly trace the farm and processing source of your greens just by looking at the code on each package.
A This letter tells us which facility the salad was packed in.
B This number tells us the date the salad was packed.
C This letter tells us which shift packed the salad.
D This number tells us which line produced the salad.
E This number tells us exactly what time the salad was packed.
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