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Food Safety

Hardie’s prides itself on the highest standards of food safety, security, quality assurance and food defense. Each step in the process of getting our fresh produce from seed to fork is carefully controlled using the highest level of food safety and HACCP standards.

Food Safety

Food safety starts before your order even hits our warehouses. We start with trusted premium brands and growers. Even our smallest, local growers are required to adhere to stringent Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to ensure food safety.

Food handling and storage is serious business at Hardie’s. All items stored at optimum temperature, and our food safety practices are reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure that we continually surpass industry standards.

  • Cooler temps monitored 24/7 year round through automated system, temps manually double-checked and recorded.
  • Even the trucks in which produce is transported to Hardie’s are thoroughly inspected for cleanliness, odor and security.
  • Maintenance of cold chain from warehouse to delivery site using state-of-the-art temperature monitoring and GPS tracking system.

As a result, third party audits consistently find that Hardie’s “Exceed Audit Expectations”, NSF Cook & Thurber’s highest rating category.

In addition to excelling in NSF Cook & Thurber’s audits, all four Hardie’s Fresh Foods’ locations earned their Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification in 2016. SQF is recognized by retailers and suppliers around the world who need a thorough and credible food safety management system.  Earning this certification is important to us so we can nourish our customers, families and communities with the freshest, healthiest stuff on earth.

Quality Control

Hardie’s takes added measures to ensure quality and freshness. Highly trained receivers perform quality checks as produce comes in. Our standards far exceed USDA standards.  You may see a bright green label on some of your boxes. These are personally double-checked by our quality assurance team.

Security

Hardie’s has extensive security with digital cameras used throughout our warehouses. All employees are fully screened, and use encrypted access cards.

Traceability

Hardie’s has complete traceability from farm to delivery location. This is especially important in today’s food safety environment. The FDA reports a significant increase in food recalls in the past year. Our recall program sets an industry standard with recall notices within hours (sometimes minutes) of receipt. And, while we’ve never been involved with a serious food safety recall, we practice our process with mock recalls throughout the year.

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