Compliance with these FDA Guidelines is mandatory for sprouting operations wishing to do business with Albertsonís, Inc. Because of recent disease outbreaks and threatened regulatory action, we are taking the following steps to protect the safety of sprouts sold in Albertsons stores.
Sprouters must verify compliance by sending a letter to the Albertsons Produce Procurement Manager they deal with, verifying compliance with the following guidelines before purchase orders will be issued. The letter must be on file in the Procurement Managerís office at the Albertsons Distribution Center placing the order.
A report from an outside auditor verifying compliance must follow within 90 days of the letter, for business to continue. Approved outside auditors include but are not limited to: Primuslabs.com of Santa Maria, CA, American Institute of Baking of Manhattan KS, and Scientific Certification Systems of Oakland, CA.
Posting the information on a website such as the one operated by Primuslabs.com is also acceptable. Albertsonís, Inc. has a secure site with Primuslabs.com for such postings. Primuslabs.com has on-line help at no cost for companies desiring to prepare safe procedures manuals and conduct self-audits at http://www.primuslabs.com/dd/index.html. They also offer posting services and third party audits for reasonable fees.
- Use of good agricultural practices (GAP). The FDA publication Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables is available at