CrowleyFresh, one of South Florida’s leading cold storage and perishables logistics operations, is also one of the area’s cleanest and safest according to Primus Labs, which graded the operation at a perfect 100 percent during a recent food safety audit. Primus said it is a score that only about two percent of those in industry ever achieves.
CrowleyFresh underwent an almost nine-hour audit on Feb. 14, which was designed to test and check the company’s ability to maintain the integrity of the supply chain throughout the entirety of the company’s chain of custody – from receipt of the perishable products at the cold storage refrigerated dock to the time it is dispatched to store shelves.
During the audit, the Primus Labs inspector made all necessary sweeps through the temperature-controlled warehouse, testing the safekeeping of bell peppers, pineapples, blueberries and asparagus. The 156-question audit ran the gambit from precise maintenance of temperature per commodity, cleanliness, absence of cross-contamination and bacterial growth outside of the norm, proper handling of pest control and chemical storage and labeling.
CrowleyFresh was also scored high because of the group’s focus on maintaining proper records. Under requirements, records must be kept for 12 months detailing the precise temperatures of each of the warehouse’s multiple cooling chambers. CrowleyFresh was easily able to supply these records along with information on how the company tracks recalls, conducts independent lab tests and the like.
“We are proud of this accomplishment,” said Eduardo Campos, director. “Achieving perfection is not very common in the industry as per Primus Labs only two percent of the industry has achieved it. Our stellar results are a testament to our entire team’s commitment to reinforce procedures in order to supply our customers with trust-worthy cold chain solutions ensuring the integrity of their products.”
This isn’t the first time CrowleyFresh has scored high. During last year’s audit, the company scored 99 percent. This one percent deficiency was due in part to the warehouse’s brand new status, low volumes and lack of historical data. The facility opened in Feb. 2013.