The Wayne E. Bailey Produce Company (WEB) is an environmentally-friendly operation from the ground up. Every aspect from planting seeds to packing sweet potatoes is constantly monitored.
Our GLOBALGAP certification attests to our commitment to food safety and land stewardship. All of our management staff are certified by the USDA Audit Program for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP's) and Good Handling Practices (GHP's). In addition, our company is certified annually under GFSI benchmarked auditing criteria.
GLOBALGAP certification is based on the essential elements for best practices for the global production of horticultural products. The aim is to ensure integrity, transparency and harmonization of global agricultural standards. This includes the requirements for safe food production that respects worker health and safety, environmental protection and animal welfare issues.
USDA provides an audit-based verification program that will attest to participants’ voluntary adherence to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) “ Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables” (FDA guidance document). Auditors are licensed fresh fruit and vegetable inspectors, and are trained in the technical specifications of the GAP and GHP Audit Verification Program. USDA-AMS has worked with the States to develop the program, and ensure program integrity, uniformity, and consistency nationwide.
GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) benchmarks existing food standards against food safety criteria, and also looks to develop mechanisms to exchange information in the supply chain, to raise consumer awareness and to review existing good retail practices. Wayne E. Bailey Produce Company is the first sweet potato packinghouse to have passed a GFSI benchmarked audit in the United States. The audit is conducted annually at our packing facility.
Our Quality Assurance Statement:
"Our company, which is to say our people and our system, is dedicated to food safety by following good agricultural practices (GAP's) and good manufacturing practices (GMP's). These practices are followed throughout the growing, harvesting, curing, storage, packing and shipping processes. Although the burden of food safety and quality control is in the hands of management and supervisors, employees serve as inspectors when product moves through their area. All employees are accountable for consistently maintaining our food safety and quality standards. WEB employees are authorized to hold or reject product found to be out of compliance, subject to the evaluation and final approval of authorized management."