Food Safety

We aim to set the bar on pathogen testing and biosecurity controls.

What does food safety mean to us?

As a controlled environment farm, food safety is critically important to us. We do our best to ensure that our product is monitored from seed to fork, and that our practices meet or exceed all standards set by US government regulations. Hydroponic farming is a relatively new practice in the USA, and we hope to lead the charge on drafting new legislation that will keep our indoor farming food systems pathogen- and disease-free.

 

To Planted, food safety means knowing that the product we grow for you has been treated with care at every step of production to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. We aim to set the bar on pathogen testing and biosecurity protocols. We will always recommend that produce purchased from us is washed before consumption, following standard best practices for the produce industry.

How do we achieve our food safety standards?

Our biosecurity practices have been developed through hundreds of hours of research into new technologies and existing practices. We have worked with external consultants in the food safety industry to write and execute a fully comprehensive plan for keeping our facility as clean as possible. Microbiological testing is conducted in-house and verified with a third-party laboratory to ensure compliance with US government standards for food safety.

 

We approach our cleanliness routines and standards with an eye to detail: our growers wear protective gear while operating inside the facility, reducing the risk for human-borne pathogen transfer. Temperature is monitored in our facility at key points in the growing process to avoid time-temperature abuse of the product. Our controlled environment approach to indoor agriculture allows us to filter our water and air, greatly reducing our potential risk of contamination as compared to traditional agriculture.

We approach our cleanliness routines and standards with an eye to detail.

We follow organic practices such as using zero pesticides or herbicides.

What external standards do we meet?

Besides our own expectations for the biosecurity and cleanliness of our facility, we also strive to meet all standards set by regulatory bodies in the food industry. Although we are not officially certified organic, we follow organic practices such as using zero pesticides or herbicides in our facility. We grow our product according to FSMA standards, and we are pursuing GAP certification this year. These standards and certifications serve to reassure you that our bar is high for the quality and safety of our product.

If you ever have any questions about our food safety practices and procedures,

feel free to reach out to our biosecurity leader by emailing us at

management@planteddetroit.com.