Does Wish Farms have a Global Food Safety Program?
Wish Farms’ Food Safety Program includes certification by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the highest level in food safety management systems, covering both GAP and GMP. The Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) includes a series of food safety checkpoints covering farm production and post-production. In addition, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) covers food safety procedures in our warehouse and coolers.
Our berry processing facilities are certified by Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) which, defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is a systematic approach to the identification, evaluation, and control of food safety hazards.
Wish Farms is compliant with the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), which implements case-level electronic traceability across our strawberry and blueberry shipments. We have gone above and beyond this industry-driven standard and developed a patented traceability system called FreshQC™ How’s My Picking?™ achieving item-level produce traceability. Learn more about our Food Safety Program.
Does Wish Farms add color or artificially enhance its berries?
Absolutely not. Wish Farms strawberries are naturally red and our blueberries are naturally blue. Berry color and hue can vary based on the variety, the weather, and harvest timing. Wish Farms does not enhance or modify the color of our berries whatsoever.
Are Wish Farms berries genetically modified (GMO)?
Absolutely not. Wish Farms does not grow any genetically modified products.
When something is deemed genetically modified it means that foreign genetic material was inserted into an organism, not through traditional breeding. This material can come from multiple sources, including another plant or animal species or a synthetic gene created in a lab. Most of the corn and soybeans grown in the U.S are genetically modified. All strawberry varieties grown commercially in the U.S. were bred through traditional hybridization and selection. Also, keep in mind that just because something is labeled “organic” doesn’t mean that its conventional counterpart is genetically modified. At Wish Farms, we offer both conventional and organic berries, both of which are safe to eat and feed to your family – it’s really a matter of personal preference.
Does Wish Farms use pesticides?
At Wish Farms, our primary concern is the safety of our product and the well-being of both our field workers and the end consumer. All pesticides used are in compliance with federal and state laws, and comply with the registration policies of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). Pesticide use is within the legal tolerance enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (US FDA).
An essential part of a balanced diet including eating fruits and vegetables daily. Health experts advise, that regardless if conventionally or organically grown, consuming fresh produce will provide the most nutritional value for our diet and far outweighs any risk of pesticide residues on produce. A great resource to educate yourself and make the right decision for your family is www.safefruitsandveggies.com.
Learn more about Wish Farms’ food safety program.