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Driscoll’s, CA


Family owned by Driscolls 100 years


Jurisdiction over growers worldwide – must conform to U.S. FDA and EPA as well as company standards


Contact: Christina Sanchez, Food Safety Dept.



Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black berries


10%-20% plants now coming from their own organic nurseries

Increasing use of organics reduces need for pesticides

R&D to develop disease resistant, good tasting berries

Developing an all organic nursery in CA

Certification is time consuming on all levels


Food safety:

Priority of all growers

"Global Food Safety Program" based on GAP and enforced at farms worldwide – FDA and GLOBALGAP standards

Registered and complies with Bioterrorism Act – 24 hour call center

"Track my Berries" on boxes – use code to trace back to crop

Random audits by third party – 1400 audits in past 12 months



Changing over to all recyclable packaging


Pesticide use:

If used, must conform to U.S. FDA and EPA globally

IPM – individual farms choose methods (within above guidelines)


Fertilizer use:

Use of beneficial organisms and field monitoring

Seeds grown in controlled nurseries – soil free of pesticides and disease, then shipped to growers

Each location farmer uses biological diversity of fields with minimum agricultural input; crop rotation used



Monitored use of irrigation water

Commitment to sustainability – traditional and now organic

Independent testing by Primus Labs

HACCP approved -Fair Trade certified


Other state/federal certification:

Certified CCOF (CA Certified Organic Farmers)

USDA National Organic Standards

Guaranteed by Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act

Dept. of Labor/OSHA compliant

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