J&J Distributing, St Paul, Minnesota celebrated the onset of its 38th year in business with the announcement that they were awarded the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 certification under the Global Food Safety Initiative Edition 7.1. The certification is for fruit and vegetable processing; ice drink and beverage processing; fresh produce wholesaling and distribution; food wholesaling and distribution. This includes fresh fruit juice, fresh fruits and vegetables, salads with and without meat.
SQF certification is achieved when a company demonstrates exceptional quality control and food safety practices. A third-party audit is conducted by a qualified inspector to evaluate different aspects of a company’s food safety program, including: personnel practices, plant maintenance and cleanliness, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HAACP) plans, and food safety programs. It provides validation to many national and international retailers and food service providers that a company has food safety programs in place and that those programs are followed. SQF is a globally recognized certification as a food safety management system and is administered by the SQF Institute.
“Achieving SQF certification validates our food safety program and exemplifies our continued commitment to providing safe, high quality products to the marketplace. This is an achievement of which our employees can all be proud,” said Jim Hannigan, President and CEO. “This not just an audit it is a lifestyle, a true culture change”. “We recognize that consumers are more knowledgeable about the source of the food they eat, how that food is prepared and if it is safe for their family. Achieving SQF certification validates our food safety program.”
SQF 2000 certification is a statement that food safety plans have been implemented by J&J Distributing in accordance with the HACCP method and applicable regulatory requirements and that they have been validated and verified and determined effective to manage food safety. It is also a statement of J&J Distributing’s on going commitment to:
- Purchase, Produce and Deliver safe, quality controlled foods.
- Comply with the requirements of the SQF Code and Global Food Safety Initiatives.
- Comply with all applicable State and Federal Food Legislation.
J&J Distributing was established in 1978, in 300 Sq. feet and four employees. It is now housed in 110,000 sq. feet of refrigerated warehouse and fully integrated with 250 dedicated employees.