At Traders Hill Farm™ we place utmost importance on food safety. We are mindful that our customers trust us first and foremost to provide safe and clean food. Each team member takes our safety commitment very seriously by following rigorous food-safety protocols and participating in ongoing training.
We have fully embraced the recently implemented FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and we are proud to be the only aquaponics farm in the United States to earn SQF Level 3 status. The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 certification incorporates a Hazard-Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety plan along with a comprehensive implementation of safety and quality management practices. Certification is renewed each year via a third-party certifying organization through an onsite audit.
SQF stands for "Safe Quality Food," and the SQF Code is a rigorous process and product certification standard. SQF has three levels, and Traders Hill Farm is certified at the highest:
Level 3 - Includes quality requirements in addition to the food safety requirements
Level 2 - Focuses on controlling food quality hazards as well as food safety
Level 1 - Focuses on food safety fundamentals
Additionally, in 2017 we are broadening our food safety protocols by participating in the Product Traceability Initiative (PTI) with the implementation of case-level electronic traceability. Traders Hill Farm™ is firmly committed to its brand promise to deliver the safest, cleanest and freshest produce available.