Safety, including Food Safety, is a Masser Core Value and the cornerstone of the Sterman Masser Corporate Responsibility platform. Our best practices to insure that the potatoes we bring to market are safe for consumers begin with our soils and seeds and extend across the entire supply chain to the final product sold in retail outlets or in restaurants.
- Sterman Masser has adopted and committed to the implementation of the food safety standards promulgated by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
- 100% of Sterman Masser owned and/or managed production acreage is SQF Ed. 7.2 Level 3 certified for voluntary Good Agricultural Practices programs that are regularly audited by independent, third-party auditors for compliance.
- Our packing facilities are also certified to the SQF Ed. 7.2 Level 3 standard. First certified in 2008, Masser was the first potato packing facility in the United States to achieve this certification, and has been recertified every year since. SQF is a voluntary audit-based program conducted through the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). The certification assures consumers that food has been produced, processed, prepared, and handled according to the highest possible standards, including implementation of Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles.
- Masser Potato Farms is also certified to the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standard to handle Organic products.
In addition to prevention-based food safety initiatives, all product packed by Masser Potato Farms can be rapidly and fully traced back to the lot, field, shed, and pack date. Sterman Masser is committed to the implementation of the industry-wide Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI) standard and is currently capable of assigning and encoding 14-digit GTIN numbers in GS1-128 barcodes at the case and pallet level.