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Costa is committed to providing the safest foods possible!

Costa takes quality assurance, sanitation, and proper standards very seriously. Accordingly, Costa maintains Safe Quality Foods certifications for both warehouse and manufacturing operations.

SQF Level 2: Warehouse Operations
SQF Level 3: Fresh Ideas Manufacturing Division

SQF is an internationally recognized, comprehensive Food Safety Management System that provides organizations with a rigorous system to manage food safety risks and provide safe products. Certification requires a facility pass intensive food safety, allergen, cleanliness and production inspections.

  • SQF Level 2 & 3 Certification
  • HACCP Program
  • USDA Receiving Standards
  • Food Security Program
  • Metal Detection
  • Recall Program
  • Independent Lab Testing

Food Security

Costa Fruit & Produce and its subsidiaries are registered with the FDA as required by the Bio-Terrorism Act of 2002.
Our Food Security Program was developed to provide a safe and secure work place and a secure food supply by using appropriate good business practices and monitoring critical control points.
  • Restricted Zones
  • Video Surveillance
  • Extensive Employee Screening
  • Vehicle Security Seals
  • Alarmed Emergency Exits
  • Badge Identification System
  • Extensive Product Inspection Process

All exterior entrances are locked and accessible by key or proximity badges only. All emergency exits are alarmed for exit. High tech video surveillance cameras monitor entrance doors. All receiving/shipping doors are secured at all times unless in use. Visitors and outside freight drivers must sign in and show appropriate identification before entering the facility. All Visitors are issued identification badges which must be visible at all times. Contract security is on premises during non-working hours.

All employees undergo pre-employment background checks. Additional drug, physical, and D.O.T. requirements will be verified where appropriate. All employees are issued proximity picture ID badges, which must be visible at all times.

Product Security
All incoming products are thoroughly inspected. The inspection process includes quality, temperature, tampering, and pest control. In Addition, inspections of inventory to insure freshness and date coding rotation are performed on a regular basis. Appropriate AIB certification will be maintained for warehousing and processing divisions. All delivery vehicles are secured with numbered seals that are verified by the delivery driver at the beginning of the shift and turned into Receiving at the end of the day.

Costa Fruit & Produce - 18 Bunker Hill Industrial Park - Boston, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 241-8007 Fax: (617) 241-8718
For Correspondence: P.O. Box 290574 Boston, MA 02129