J. Ambrogi Foods, a food distributor serving establishments across the Tri-State area, achieved the highest Food Safety score in the region this month, earning a Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification that a mere fraction of food distributors in the country hold. Each year, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from food-borne illness, disease, infection, or poisoning, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Food contamination and adulteration is of utmost concern to restaurants, hospitals, universities, nursing homes, schools and foodservice concepts across the country. J. Ambrogi Foods has managed to practically put these concerns to rest for their customers by securing this SQF Certification by passing a series of rigorous SQF standards set by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). It is no wonder that in over 130 years of operations, J. Ambrogi Foods has yet to issue a single product recall.
“This is a major victory for the health and safety of our consumers,” said owner Jerry Ambrogi on this SQF Certification. “Our commitment to Food Safety and Security remains of paramount importance. All of our employees are trained on an individual basis on the appropriate methods to achieve the safest environment for all of our products.” Vice President, Richard Bastian, adds, “This Certification was the result of a cumulative effort by everyone in the company and a testament to our level of commitment to Food Safety.”
Public data on Foodborne Disease Outbreaks reports nearly fifteen thousand cases of illness in 2013. Salmonella outbreaks increased, resulting in the majority of hospitalizations related to those cases. E. coli was the second most common cause of hospitalization. Of those afflicted by Listeria, 88% were hospitalized. In recent years, Cantaloupes, Lettuces, Tomatoes, Spinach, Cucumbers, Sprouts, and many other crops have sparked these outbreaks. J. Ambrogi Foods carries all of these items, but has not contributed to a single outbreak. The company’s exemplary performance is due to their proactive Food Safety protocols including Food Track Alert system monitoring & communication, annual third party audits, quality assurance field & cooler teams, tight temperature and humidity monitoring, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) qualified suppliers, carriers and distributor cold chain management, truck refrigeration and truck seals, and facility and equipment sanitation procedures.
Safe Quality Food Audit: SQF
SQF is a Food Safety Management System recognized for its credibility, reliability, and sound scientific food principles. It is the only Food Safety Program where food quality and ethical sourcing are incorporated into the criteria. SQF Certification is the highest insurance available for foodservice establishments. Safety and quality are proven from farm to fork through efficacious legalized risk management processes, manufacturer and vendor responsibility, regulatory compliance and ongoing refinement of SQF standards to meet an ever-evolving market. J. Ambrogi Food Distribution was able to achieve this SQF Certification in their first attempt to pass this Food Safety exam.
Bastian, a former owner of a freight & warehousing company whose largest customer was Dole Fresh Fruit, experienced several recalls while working with the produce industry giant. Working at J. Ambrogi Foods has given him this perspective, “J. Ambrogi Foods has a lot to be proud of and will continue to strive for perfection for our customers going forward. We do our best to always provide our customers with the best quality product but more importantly, we make sure that what we are delivering is absolutely the safest product.”