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Food Safety

Food safety is our number one priority on our ranches and in our facilities

Food Safety at Pappas & Company

Since 1933 Pappas & Company has been committed to growing safe, high-quality produce. As members of the California Cantaloupe Advisory Board we subject ourselves to mandatory inspections for quality and safety and follow all of the principals of Good Agricultural Practices or GAP's in our fields. All of our cantaloupes are dry-field packed which reduces the risk of contamination and our farms are regularly audited and certified by third party inspectors. Additionally, our HACCP trained quality assurance mangers make sure all of our food safety protocols are implemented at our state-of-the art cooling and shipping facility.

GFSI Certification

Pappas Family Farms is proud to announce that we have received our Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) certification through the Primus GFS auditing scheme. Click the links below to view our farm, harvesting crew and facility audits. For more information about our products, food safety program and certifications contact us.

Primus GFS # PLc-PGFS-2703

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Harvest Crew
Packing House

How is California Different?

In 1988 the The California cantaloupe industry formed the California Cantaloupe Advisory Board which requires the mandatory inspection of cantaloupes to ensure quality and safety. Cantaloupes are grown using the principals of "Good Agricultural Practices" and safe handling practices which are continually updated as new research becomes available. Working with University of California scientists, the California Cantaloupe Advisory Board determined that the hot, dry climate in the California growing regions along with specialized irrigation techniques employed by California producers reduces the potential for exposure to pathogens.