Traders Hill Farm
Committed to Food Safety
Safety isn’t just something we do. It’s the first of our seven core values and a way of life for us here on the farm.
We track everything – from seed to customer. When a batch of seeds arrives, we track the lot number, the date and location the seeds are planted. We track which team member harvests it. We track the boxes in which it is shipped and which customer receives it.
Because of our rigorous safety practices, we are the only US aquaponics farm to achieve Safe Quality Food Level 3, the highest level possible, exceeding industry standards.
Setting a Standard for Safer Farm Practices
At Traders Hill Farm we place the utmost importance on food safety. Our team is mindful that our customers trust us first and foremost to provide safe and clean food. Each team member takes our safety commitment seriously by following rigorous food-safety protocols and participating in ongoing training.
Traders Hill Farm is proud to be the only aquaponics farm in the United States to earn Safe Quality Food Level 3 status (SQF Level 3) – the highest one can achieve, exceeding standards of both our distributor and the USDA. The SQF Level 3 certification incorporates a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (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 is recognized globally by food service providers and retailers who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system.
HACCP is a preventive approach to food safety from biological, chemical, and physical hazards in production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe.
We don’t rest on our laurels. HACPP require us to have two employees trained in its protocols. We have nine trained team members and continue to add more.
We have fully embraced the recently implemented Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Every one of our farm family has taken the ServSafe food handling course required by restaurants. It teaches employees about cleanliness, hygiene, handling food, and how items can’t be left out. It is a requirement upon THF employment and a part of our ongoing commitment to food safety.