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Food Safety

Super Starr International is one of the initial members involved in implementing rigorous food safety guidelines in response to the 2008 Salmonella outbreak. Together with TIPA, United Fresh, FDA, ProExport, & Senasica, we met together to establish the Texas International Produce Association’s Best Practices Manual. In 2012 when the FDA was forced to stop papayas from shipping from Mexico, Super Starr’s papayas were the first to be put on the green-list as we participated in meetings with top officials from FDA to reassure them of our commitment to providing the U.S. consumer safe, healthy, and sustainable papaya. We’ve continued to be fortunate to be a leader in food safety for papayas through these best practices:

Papaya
  • Following Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and required FDA Produce Safety Rule and SENASICA regulations
  • Training workers on standards of safe handling
  • Implementing pest control methods and closely monitoring groves
  • Inspecting grove prior to harvest
  • Cleaning hands and equipment after handling potentially contaminated papaya
  • Keeping papayas clean and removing damaged fruit before first wash’
  • Frequently changing water wash and using antimicrobials to keep as clean as possible
  • Monitoring antimicrobials and pH level in all wash water
  • Thoroughly clean and sanitize equipment or tools daily at minimum

Lab & Testing

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Identify & produce solutions to fungus, bacterias and virus problems found on the farms, which has helped to reduce chemical usage by almost 70%.

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Test and Evaluate use of organic & conventional fertilizers to improve efficiency in usage.

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Test internally for E. Coli & Salmonella on the farm and in packing facilities.