Fresh produce is a sensitive product category that requires fast shipping and proper storage. Any delay in your supply chain or a disruption in storage conditions can seriously impair your product’s quality. For a fresh produce supplier, it is equally important to check the condition of their inventory at departure from the farm or packaging facility and upon its arrival at the destination.
QIMA offers product inspections and lab testing for your produce, helping you receive an accurate picture of your merchandise every step of the way. We will check the quality of your produce before it’s shipped, and will be at your destination to inspect it again after transit.
QIMA provides specialized inspections for:
QIMA produce inspectors follow detailed inspection protocols, prepared by our experts based on international regulations, standards of your destination market, and your own requirements. To ensure that every sample we collect objectively represents your shipment, we follow the ANSI/ASQC Z1.4 (ISO 2859-1) international sampling procedure and the guidelines of the World Health Organization Food Code (the Codex Alimentarius).
Before your produce is loaded onto the truck, our specialized inspectors will conduct a check of its condition, including quality, quantity, packaging, and labeling. As soon as your shipment arrives at the destination, our team will be there to make a complete inspection of your produce, ensuring that it has not been damaged or otherwise compromised during transit.
All of our findings are recorded in detailed inspection reports, which are delivered to you on the day of the inspection, enabling you to make timely and informed decisions for your supply chain. You also receive access to detailed supplier data via the QIMA dashboard, which provides you with real-time supply chain intelligence. Using this data, you can benchmark your suppliers, monitor trends, and gain deep insight into your supply chain.
QIMA supplier audits keep you up to date on the safety and compliance status of your produce suppliers, helping you identify areas in need of improvement and take corrective action.
Ethical audits investigate your suppliers for social compliance, including working conditions and worker rights, helping you eliminate any instances of labor abuse from your produce supply chain.
Farm and greenhouse audits investigate areas of potential contamination during growing, including fertilizer usage, water usage and irrigation, pest control, harvest control, food security, the use of adjacent land, and employee safety & hygiene.
Harvest crew audits address the working practices, safety and hygiene of employees directly involved in food harvesting, and food security issues.
Food safety audits help ensure compliance throughout your food supply chain and improve your and your supplier’s quality management systems. QIMA offers hygiene audits (GHP), Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) audits for your fresh produce supply chain.
QIMA, through WQS, can audit your processes and systems against the requirements of applicable standards to achieve certification under the following schemes:
QIMA laboratories offer a wide range of tests for fresh produce, nuts, and grains, allowing you to identify any defects and hazards before your product reaches the consumer.
Our lab tests for produce include:
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