naturSource® is HACCP certified by BNQ. HACCP is rapidly becoming a global standard for manufactured food safety accreditation. Becoming certified is a rigorous process involving a graduated inspections and examination process. It is a systematic preventative approach to food safety that addresses physical, chemical, and biological hazards as a means of prevention rather than finished product inspection. HACCP is used in the food industry to identify potential food safety hazards, so that key actions, known as Critical Control Points, and implement control and monitor procedures which will drastically reduce or eliminate the risk of those hazards. The system is used at all stages of food production and preparation processes including purchasing, manufacturing practice, packaging, distribution, etc.
Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC) is a global leader in food safety, training, quality and technical solutions. The Food Safety and Quality Systems Audit covers all aspects of a Food Safety Management System plus Quality Systems and Food Defence. It is GFTC’s most widely accepted audit standard by major retailers and other stakeholders in the supply chain. naturSource® achieved the Gold Standard on our last audit (May 2014) and our Quality Assurance team is diligently working behind the scenes to ensure we achieve this level every year!
Kosher is defined as foods that conform to the regulations of the Jewish Halakhic law framework, which form the Jewish dietary laws. Pareve is a Hebrew term used to describe food that does not contain any meat or dairy ingredients. naturSource® undergoes monthly spot-checks, an annual certification process and has been certified by the Montreal Vaad for over 33 years.
QAI Certification for Organic Products
Quality Assurance International is the leading USDA-accredited organic product certifying agency. naturSource® is proud to be QAI certified, meaning that our products come from the highest quality sources and only the best organic integrity is guaranteed every step of the way – from nature to your table.
QAI is a member of the NSF International group of companies. NSF is the leader in public health and safety, and also conducts food safety audits and training, develops sustainability standards and ensures that our company’s claims of sustainability are verified.
Almond Board of California Certified
In 2007, the Almond Board of California (ABC) instituted a policy requiring mandatory pasteurization of all almonds post-harvest almond crops. Pasteurization, in this case, implies that growers & packers have to either steam the almonds or use P.P.O. (Fumigation with P.P.O., a carcinogenic bactericide that was banned in Canada until recently) to kill off any potentially harmful bacteria before they are shipped to their customers. While the steaming process is effective, it takes away some of the flavour and texture, and alters their raw, natural state.
naturSource® is one of a very few companies in Canada whose cooking process has been certified by the ABC as an alternative to steam and P.P.O. Our cooking process destroys any harmful bacteria while sealing in valuable nutrients and delicious flavours, without the use of harmful chemicals.