A message from our food safety manager:
Produce Express has implemented a policy in direct response to concerns regarding COVID-19 mitigation. Our plan is based off of the guidance published by the WHO, CDC, California Dept of Health, and Sacramento County Public Health Department. Below is an outline of our program that covers our facility, vehicles, employees, visitors, vendors, and sanitation protocols. This policy is in addition to our regular certified food safety program.
Storage and dock area floors are being sanitized continuously during production hours. Horizontal surfaces like tables and shelves in all storage areas are being sanitized daily. All high touch areas including door handles, light switches, and warehouse power equipment are sanitized continuously during hours of operations.
All employees that work directly with product or within the general receiving and storage areas, or in delivery vehicle cargo areas will undergo a verbal health assessment prior to the commencement of each shift. The questions in the health survey are as follows:
· Have you been in close contact with anyone who’s been confirmed, or suspected to have, the novel coronavirus?
· Have you travelled internationally in the last two weeks?
· Have you been under quarantine for novel coronvirus?
· Are you experiencing any for the following symptoms?
o Shortness of breath or other respiratory complications
If any of the answers to these questions are “yes” the employee will need to leave the facility.
As in all adverse health scenarios, employees that are experiencing symptoms related to an illness or believe they may be ill should stay home. Employees that are showing signs associated with COVID-19 will be removed from the facility and must complete a COVID-19 test with a negative result before being allowed to return to work. Employees that do not get tested, or have been potentially exposed to COVID-19, will remain away from work for 14 days and until symptom free.
All delivery vehicles are being sanitized daily in both the cargo area and driver cab. This includes additional delivery conveyances like ramps and hand trucks/pallet jacks.
All inbound drivers receive the same verbal health survey as employees before entering the receiving area. Drivers that show symptoms of illness are not admitted into the receiving areas and will be made to wait in their vehicle. All paperwork from outside drivers showing signs of illness will need to be transmitted electronically.
Visitors and customers will not be allowed in the storage and receiving areas. Anyone displaying symptoms of an illness will be asked to leave the facility or wait in their vehicle for their will call order.
Supplies of highly perishable product like fresh produce may become limited or unavailable due to grower or packer shortages of labor. We will continue to purchase and stock product based on customer demand. If new vendors are sourced they will need to follow the same supplier verification protocol.
This policy is not static and will be updated as conditions change and more information and guidance becomes available from the various health organizations. Produce Express remains committed to providing all its customers with safe and wholesome products. Please contact me directly with any questions.
Food Safety Manager
our food safety program
At Produce Express, we are committed to maintaining the highest quality standards of food safety. We are GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) Certified through the USDA.
We are proud to partner with farms and brokers that place as much emphasis on food safety and good agricultural practices as we do.