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To-Jo announces food-safety advances

To-Jo Mushrooms, based in Avondale, PA, announced that both its packing and processing plants have attained certification under the SQF 2000 Standard at Level 3, the highest level of compliance.

Both To-Jo plants were awarded Excellent ratings by The Steritech Group, a licensed SQF certification body, after scoring over 99 percent on certification audits. The stringent Safe Quality Food standard has been accorded benchmark status by the Global Food Safety Initiative, an international accreditation program.

“The SQF Level 3 certification is a reflection of our commitment to the continuous improvement of our food safety and food quality management systems,” Anthony D’Amico, president of To-Jo Mushrooms said in a June 8 press release. “This has been a major opportunity for learning and growth of our entire team, and has involved continuing training and education because all our employees at every level have a major impact on safety, quality and the ultimate satisfaction of our customers. We are extremely proud to join other SQF-certified suppliers who share our commitment to implementing world-class standards for food safety and food quality.”

Additionally, To-Jo’s farms and all its principal mushroom suppliers are certified under the Mushroom Good Agricultural Practices program managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The MGAP program requires controls at the mushroom farms over product handling, employee hygiene, farm sanitation, pest management and other areas critical to food safety.