Collins Brothers Produce operates under the authority
of the Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) as well
as the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). As
a vital link in America’s food supply chain, they are
bound by some of the most stringent food safety regulations
in the world. Third party audits and in-house inspections
help to keep them in compliance and satisfy their customer’s
Beginning with supplier selection; Collins Brothers
Produce is committed to using many nationally recognized
farms, co-ops, and corporations. They seek vendors with
solid reputations and standards that meet or exceed
the federal Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) regulations.
These days it takes more than a firm handshake and a
promise to deliver goods on time to be selected as one
of their preferred suppliers.
Each incoming load is inspected and given a unique
lot number upon arrival. This helps to ensure traceability
both back to the vendor and forward to the customer
if a product recall ever becomes necessary. After the
initial inspection, the produce is unloaded and stored
in one of several temperature-controlled zones or coolers
that are designed to keep the product fresh. While under their roof,
Collins’ management and staff strive to see that the
food is protected and kept safe from harm all the way
through to your door. Even after the sale, they can
provide valuable information to help the customer maintain
food integrity and safety.
Collins Brothers has developed a set of policies and
procedures designed to control Physical, Chemical, and
Biological hazards. These programs include sanitation,
pest control, temperature control, and Good Manufacturing
Practices (GMPs) that are all fundamental to providing
The company has implemented a HACCP program which includes
having a 3rd party Food Safety manager on site to provide
guidance regarding food safety protocol and to monitor
on-going food safety threats, product recalls, and current
food-borne illnesses and outbreaks. A USDA inspector
is available to grade and inspect produce to ensure
it meets the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) quality.
Collins Brothers Produce can offer ServSafe® certified
training with classes held either on site or in some
circumstances at the customer’s location.
All in all, Collins Brothers has found just the right
combination of old-fashioned service coupled with new
technology and today’s principles of food safety to
deliver more than just fresh, wholesome produce.