For the second year in a row, Gilroy, CA-based Christopher Ranch has achieved a 98 percent score on its annual processing safety audit, earning a “superior” rating. For the firm’s customers, the results assure that Christopher Ranch product is as safe to use as it is flavorful.
When Primus Labs, a leading quality-assurance auditor, sends inspectors to the Christopher Ranch production facilities, they investigate and evaluate the status of 212 separate quality-assurance items. From harvest through processing, packaging and shipping, Christopher Ranch employs HACCP, Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Agricultural Practices safety procedures, as well as third-party auditing that guarantees consistent quality and complete safety in every Christopher Ranch product.
Even though Christopher Ranch has had an intensive food-safety program for over 10 years, and because the firm recognizes that its customers depend on it, the company continues to assess and invest in its plant facilities to ensure superior food safety from the field to the end product.
Christopher Ranch’s latest safety improvements include making facility walls, ceilings, doors and pipes more wash-down capable; installing sealed floors, foot baths, new hand-washing stations and shatter-shield lights; and color-coding clean-up tools like brooms and dustbins to keep them in their designated areas to avoid cross contamination between processing areas.
“It’s not only important to invest in the best-flavor products, but we need to make sure we’re producing a safe and healthy product from field to fork,” Bill Christopher, managing partner for Christopher Ranch LLC, said in a June 30 press release.
Among the nation’s larger domestic garlic grower-packers, Christopher Ranch has a 50-year tradition of supplying high-quality garlic products to retail and foodservice customers. The company ships over 60 million pounds of garlic products each year.