LiDestri's Certifications Offer Differentiation for Our Retail and CPG Partners
Food safety certifications are one benchmark to consider when evaluating co-packers and contract manufacturers. Others may be required to run specialty foods, including kosher, organic, etc. Below are LiDestri’s certifications and a bit of an explainer of what each means.
Safe Quality Food Certification
LiDestri is SQF level-3-certified in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Fairport, N.Y.; Rochester, N.Y.; Fresno, Calif.; Lansdale, Penn.; and Pennsauken, N.J. LiDestri has met the highest-level benchmarks, meaning it has the most stringent safeguards for quality and safety. SQF certification is the most widely adopted benchmark tied to the Global Food Safety Initiative, and producers who have achieved certifications adhere to good manufacturing practices and use science-based methods and systems to minimize food safety risks. SQF ensures all levels of the supply chain, from suppliers and ingredients to processes and packaging, are safe. The SQF program requires annual training of all employees and emphasizes that everyone, at every level, is responsible for food safety and quality.
Orthodox Union (OU) Kosher Certification
LiDestri is OU certified for producing kosher foods at all of our plants, allowing those products to be stamped kosher, a consumption requirement for religiously observant Jews. This certification requires drawing ingredients from certified suppliers, identifying which products will require certification and creating a logistical plan for their productions, particularly if certain processing equipment will be used for kosher and non-kosher foods. The certification is subject to routine inspections from rabbinic representatives.
CCOF USDA Organic Certification
LiDestri retains California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) certification, which means we meet USDA standards for the production of foods that will be labeled organic. USDA Certified Organic standards were implemented in 2002 in the wake of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and address many factors: soil quality, animal raising, pest and weed control and use of input materials.
USDA Beef and Poultry Certified
This certification required by the USDA indicates that a plant meets the health and safe handling requirements for the use of beef and poultry in food products.