Food Safety and Quality Assurance

 

It is the goal of Southern Valley to give our customers the highest quality, safest foods possible. Our food safety program exceeds the requirements of both the government and industry regulations. We are Global Food Safety Initiative compliant and have our annual Primus Global Food Safety audits in the packing sheds and fields at all three farm locations. We are also subject to unannounced second party audits throughout the year.

The Primus audit covers Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). FSMS includes the paperwork and management aspect of the program. GAP relates to the safety, sanitation, and hygiene practices covered in the field while GMP deals with the safety, sanitation, and hygiene within the packing house. Workers are trained upon hiring and refresher trainings are also conducted each season. In addition, Southern Valley was also a leader in the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI). This initiative created a case labeling system to aid in the traceability of product in the case of a recall.

When it comes to food handling facilities and processes, we are constantly making progressive changes to ensure the safety and quality of your food. For example, Southern Valley’s packing house is equipped with a forced-air high-humidity cooler, which sucks heat from the produce, runs it through a cooling tower, and then pushes cool air back down over the produce. This allows the produce to come from the field and be packed and cooled in 120 minutes, resulting in a longer shelf life. We have also added a chlorinated hydro-cooler which is used for our corn and yellow squash. These items, in conjunction with a new chlorinated squash packing line designed and built by us specifically for our packing needs, are just a few ways that we are ensuring the quality and safety of your food.

At Southern Valley, we are constantly using experience, technology, and innovation to improve our standards and provide our customers with the safest and highest quality produce possible.

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About Us

Progressive and innovative growing,
packing, and shipping facility with
traditional farm roots and family values.
Family operated and female owned.

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2775 Ellenton-Norman Park Road
Norman Park, GA 31771
Phone: 229.769.3676
Fax: 229.769.3397
Email: info@southernvalley.us

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