When food supplies cross borders, it is necessary to ensure that along the way, they stay fresh and safe. As suppliers of produce in the U.S. and around the globe, Videxport S.A. de C.V. and Empacadora Frutícola Santa Inés S.A. de C.V. strictly adhere to compliance standards that are both required and recommended.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has standards that monitor foods all along the supply chain, including the food and its packaging, storage and distribution. The GFSI goal is to improve food safety and consumer confidence in food by reducing food safety risks; managing costs in the global food system by improving efficiency; developing competencies and capacity building in food safety; and providing an international platform for collaboration.
Videxport is certified and complies with all standards and regulations of the following organizations:
The Global Partnership for Good Agricultural Practices is a leading farm assurance program and private sector food safety agency. It is a voluntary certification, focusing on crops, livestock and aquaculture.
Global G.A.P. has over 1,500 trained inspectors and auditors that perform stringent third-party audits in over 110 countries. The Global G.A.P. certification program evaluates our fulfillment with a series of rules referring to Good Agricultural Practices carried out in our field and packing facilities. This program assesses the care of our crops through techniques such as Integrated Pest Management. Its main focus, however, is monitoring any agricultural impact we have to ensure that we protect the environment and keep its biodiversity balanced. In addition, Global G.A.P. certification considers the welfare, health and safety of both workers and animals.
Global G.A.P. is internationally recognized for its farm production standards, having spent years researching and collaborating with industry experts. Their ultimate goal is a safe and sustainable agricultural practice that not only benefits the end consumers, but the farmers and produce retailers as well. Global G.A.P. standards require a better efficiency in agricultural production and business performance, which results in a reduction of the waste of resources to preserve the environment for future generations.
PrimusGFS certification includes Good Agricultural Practices, Good Manufacturing Practices, and Food Safety Management Systems. It is a voluntary certification that oversees agricultural crops and covers various stages of production: pre-harvest and post-harvest, cooling, packing, processing and storing. PrimusGFS has certified food production facilities in 15 countries.
PrimusGFS monitors our agricultural practices directly from our fields and at all stages, including storage and distribution. PrimusGFS is recognized by GFSI, with which Videxport has obtained good standing through Primus Labs. Our PrimusGFS certification means that we adhere to Good Agricultural Practices and Manufacturing, confirmed through on-site inspections by the certifying body.
México Calidad Suprema, administered by the Mexican government, ensures the safety of agricultural products originating in Mexico. They utilize external certification bodies to evaluate food production companies to make sure that throughout the production process, they meet the standards required by national and international markets.
The Mexico Supreme Quality Seal includes certifications such as the Mexican Official Standards (NOM), Mexican Standards (NMX) as well as Global GAP standards and the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF), which ensures that food production and storage is done in good sanitary conditions. The Seal ensures that food is free of physical, chemical and microbiological defects while featuring more vibrant colors, more intense flavors, and improved textures. About 500 companies have received the Mexican Supreme Quality Seal.
(National Service of Agro-Alimentary Health, Safety, and Quality)
SENASICA is part of Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture. It aims to protect Mexico’s agriculture, aquaculture, and livestock resources by regulating and promoting agro-alimentary health, safety and quality. Through reducing hazards in aquaculture, livestock production, and fishery activities, it benefits the producers, consumers, and overall industry. Companies certified by SENASICA have proven efforts to reduce food contaminants and increase food quality.
Trade activities increase the risk of introducing pests, diseases, and contaminants; SENASICA protects Mexico by inspecting and certifying sanitation practices of production facilities. This operation helps to improve the quality of products as well as national and international commerce.
The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is overseen by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It establishes security criteria, and those who meet them receive incentives such as expedited shipping processing. The main goal of the C-TPAT certification, however, is to protect against terrorism and maintain the economic health of the U.S. and bordering countries.
The C-TPAT certification means that we work with the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to protect our supply chain and identify security gaps within it, while employing proper security measures and best practices. The program protects against bioterrorism, preventing contamination or any other risk within our procedures, mainly in shipping and transportation. This ensures that when our exported product arrives in the U.S., they are guaranteed to have not been compromised. We are one of 10,832 companies to have been certified by C-TPAT.
Those who wish to obtain C-TPAT certification must comply with the strict security criteria; as a result, these certified members are considered low‐risk and less likely to be examined. The certification is based on a company’s compliance history, security profile, and the verification of a sample international supply chain.
Videxport is Fair Trade Certified, which means that we have met environmental, labor and development standards established by the Fairtrade Labeling Organization International. Our Fair Trade certification shows that our workers receive fair payment, and that we make an effort to improve their quality of life.
Fair Trade certification ensures that the practices of trade are equitable at each stage of the supply chain. In order to use the Fair Trade Certified™ label on our products, we pay Fair Trade prices and premiums and undergo stringent supply chain audits. We must be completely transparent and traceable in our efforts. Not only does Fair Trade certification prove our commitment to our workers, but it brings farmers, organizations, and U.S. businesses together to facilitate trade, relationships, and the growth of this important market.