Dole Fresh Vegetables Partners with SafetyChain Software for a “Fresh” Approach to Food Safety Initiatives

Leveraging SafetyChain for Food’s Food Safety and Quality Assurance Technologies to Take Food Safety to the Next Level and Prepare for FDA’s FSMA

SafetyChain Software, the leader in Safety Chain Management solutions that help manage and promote safety and quality compliance at all points in a consumable goods supply chain, is very pleased to announce that Dole Fresh Vegetables, a major producer of fresh fruits and vegetables, has gone live with SafetyChain for Food™ for a fresh approach to its food safety initiatives.

“At Dole, food safety is always our first priority,” said Nye Joell Hardy, Dole Fresh Vegetables’ Senior Food Safety Manager. “We cannot wait for suppliers’ safety assessments – we take a pro-active, prevention-based approach. We ensure all food safety programs are followed at the start of every point of production, from planting to harvest to post-harvest. Additionally, we are taking steps that prepare us for compliance with announced and anticipated FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules. We partnered with SafetyChain because it has the food safety technology innovations, capabilities, prevention-focus and customer responsiveness that meets our needs exceptionally well.” Hardy is responsible for the company’s field food safety programs in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Dole’s current and continued phases include using SafetyChain for Food to:

  • Proactively ensure supplier compliance in the field – pre-harvest, during harvest and post-harvest – for all food safety requirements.
  • Conduct immediate food safety assessments from data sent via mobile devices – with realtime alerts when corrective actions are required.
  • Respond to regulatory, non-regulatory and customer audits “on demand.”
  • Have realtime food safety traceability access to the electronic “paper chain” for mock and potential withdrawals and recalls.

“For today’s complex food supply chain – combined with regulatory, non-regulatory and customer-driven compliance challenges, such as the FDA’s recently announced FSMA preventative control for human food and produce rules – realtime safety information with traceable data is critical. We’re very excited to work with the forward-thinking team at Dole Fresh Vegetables to help them realize their vision of pro-active safety assessments and on-demand audit readiness, and are pleased to welcome them to the SafetyChain customer community,” said Barbara Levin, SafetyChain Senior Vice President and Co-Founder.

For those who would like to learn more about Dole Fresh Vegetables’ project and initiatives, Nye Hardy will be the guest speaker at a SafetyChain-sponsored webinar on February 28.

About SafetyChain Software

SafetyChain Software specializes in realtime safety and quality compliance management for providers of consumable goods. SafetyChain Software’s SafetyChain for Food™ helps the food and beverage industry manage safety and quality compliance in realtime – preventing non-compliant ingredients, raw materials and finished product from coming in or going out. With SafetyChain for Food’s affordable solution modules – for Supplier Compliance & Management, Safety & Quality Data Reporting, HACCP/GFSI Compliance and Customer & Finished Product Compliance – food growers, producers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, food services and importers save time, save money and create efficiencies that contribute to the bottom line. SafetyChain for Food is a global, Software-as-a-Service solution, designed for fast deployment and even faster ROI.

About Dole Food Company

Dole, with 2011 net revenues of $6.9 billion, is the world’s largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, and is the leading producer of organic bananas. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen fruit and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research.