Food Safety

At South Alder Farms, Food Safety has always been a priority. South Alder Farms adheres to the highest industry standards.

Every year South Alder Farms goes through a complete third party audit. This audit includes all aspects of the product chain, including growing, harvesting, packing, storage and distribution. All berries shipped through South Alder Farms’ plant are CanadaGAP certified.

SOUTH ALDER FARMS is pleased to advise that the production and packaging of BLACKBERRIES, BLUEBERRIES, CURRANTS, GOOSEBERRIES, RASPBERRIES and STRAWBERRIES has been certified to Option C by NSF-GFTC to be in conformity with the CANADAGAP STANDARD.

CanadaGAP Mark of Conformity

GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES (GAP)

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP’s) are general steps, measures and procedures that control the operational conditions within a production and packing facility allowing for conditions that are favorable to the production of safe food. GAP’s are designed to help implement effective food safety procedures within fresh produce operations.

South Alder Farms follows the Canada GAP manual which has been developed by the horticultural industry and reviewed for technical soundness by Canadian government officials. The manual has been designed for companies implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and maintaining an effective food safety program. For more information on this program,
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HACCP

South Alder Farms’ facilities are HACCP certified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

South Alder Farms HACCP Certificate
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Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) is a science-based approach to food safety that is systematic and preventive. HACCP is internationally-recognized and is recommended by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the United Nations international standards organization for food safety. HACCP implements seven principles that assess specific hazards and establish control systems that focus on prevention to ensure the safety of food. For more information on HACCP, please visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website.

IPM – Integrated Pest Management

At South Alder Farms, the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a system we have been using for years. IPM is a decision-making process that uses all the necessary techniques to suppress pests effectively, economically, and in an environmentally sound manner. It involves monitoring our fields by using a professional monitoring service and using biological controls whenever possible. We use chemical controls only when necessary and to the specifications and guidelines that have been established by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency. The PMRA is the agency responsible for pesticide regulation in Canada. By implementing the IPM program, we have decreased our use of chemicals by more than 50% in the past 10 years.