Food Safety Program -
Company-Wide Participation


Food safety is our number one concern. Bay Area Herbs has taken the extra steps to remain HACCP and COOL compliant. Further, we are verified by an independent third party auditor, upholding stringent food safety standards.

Approved Vendors. Whenever possible, product is purchased from approved vendors.
Approved vendors must comply with a bona fide food safety program and third party certification where applicable.

Good Agricultural and Manufacturing Practices. Whenever possible, growers are favored who emphasize Good Agricultural, Harvesting and Manufacturing Practices.

HACCP Program.
Key Managers have been trained in HACCP. All employees have the authority and responsibility to take corrective action, should a food safety issue or procedure require it.

Third Party Audit Certification. Bay Area Herbs & Specialties has retained Primus Labs to consult, monitor and audit the company on all aspects of food safety including GMP's, HACCP, product recall and food safety. Additionally, we have gone one step further to request an independent food safety audit to verify and score our performance, passing this audit with high marks - now making us the largest packer, distributor and marketer of specialty produce and herbs with this prestigious designation!

Record Keeping. Bay Area Herbs & Specialties keeps on file approved vendor HACCP programs, third party certification and food safety statements. Purchase order logs are maintained and archived for a minimum of one year.

Certified Organic Handlers. Bay Area Herbs & Specialties meets organic standards under the USDA National Organic Program and qualifies for USDA organic certification. Certified organic handlers are certified to handle organic products in accordance with National Organic Standards.

Organic Systems Plan. We have written our Organic Systems Plan in order to achieve compliance with NOP. Managers have been trained to follow proper procedures for the receiving, storage, packing, and shipping of the product.

Third Party Audit Certification. Our facilities submit to annual inspections performed by A Bee Organic on all aspects of certified organic handling, including a facility walk-through and a review of both the chemicals and packaging materials used in the facility. The review includes an examination of how loose and packed products are stored.


We’ve Got a Handle on Organics
Certified Organic Handlers. Bay Area Herbs & Specialties meets organic standards under the USDA National Organic Program and qualifies for USDA organic certification. Certified organic handlers are certified to handle organic products in accordance with National Organic Standards.

Organic Systems Plan. We have written our Organic Systems Plan in order to achieve compliance with NOP. Managers have been trained to follow proper procedures for the receiving, storage, packing, and shipping of the product.

Third Party Audit Certification. Our facilities submit to annual inspections performed by A Bee Organic on all aspects of certified organic handling, including a facility walk-through and a review of both the chemicals and packaging materials used in the facility. The review includes an examination of how loose and packed products are stored.


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