Food Safety

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Trinity Fresh is committed to distributing a safe, quality product to their customers. Our food safety standards are determined by all applicable federal and state regulatory laws, globally recognized food safety standards, and customer requirements. Food Safety Preventive Controls are not only best practice for the food industry, they are mandatory under the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Trinity Fresh’s standards match those of the FDA and satisfy the requirements of FSMA. Some of the major preventive controls and required pre-requisite programs follow:

Supplier Control

Trinity Fresh believes that food safety starts at the supplier level. All Trinity Fresh product suppliers are held to strict food safety and quality standards. Suppliers are required to have passed a third party food safety audit, and submit HACCP/ Food Safety Plans, traceability programs, allergen policies, guarantees and insurance prior to being added to the Trinity Fresh Approved Supplier List.

Temperature Control

Fruits and vegetables must be cooled shortly after harvest, and all ready to eat perishable food must be held below 41 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent the growth of harmful pathogens. Trinity Fresh prides itself on maintaining the cold chain throughout transportation and storage. Temperature is monitored throughout operations, and corrective actions are taken when temperature rises above the set critical limits.

Sanitary Conditions of the Facility and Fleet

A sanitary storage environment mitigates the risk of cross-contamination. Trinity Fresh enforces a strict master sanitation schedule for the facility and vehicles used for distribution. Records are kept and visual inspections are completed daily.

Allergen Control

The FDA considers the top food allergens to be dairy, eggs, nuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat fish and shell-fish. Trinity Fresh satisfies the allergen control requirements by segregating all products labeled allergens throughout the receiving, storage and shipping operations.

Recall and Traceability Policy

Trinity Fresh requires all suppliers to have sufficient traceability policies and lot code identification. The standard traceability policy requires that distributors are able to trace one-up (the customer) and one-back (the supplier). Trinity Fresh and suppliers pride themselves in knowing that traceability can be completed all the way to the original origin of the product. Multiple mock recalls are held annually.

Pre-Requisite Programs

Trinity Fresh has additional monitoring programs that support the above controls and policies. These programs are documented as part of the Trinity Fresh food safety plan.

  • Pest Control
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • GMPs/ Personal Hygiene and Training
  • Daily Sanitation
  • Glass and Brittle Plastics Policy
  • Transportation Standard Operating Procedures

Trinity Fresh has a team of Food Safety employees that manage all food safety controls and programs. Do not hesitate to contact the department with any questions or for additional resources.

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