We continually review our quality procedures and product traceability.
Like all other frozen fruit suppliers in New Zealand, we import most of our fruit, because the cost is more competitive, and local supply cannot meet demand. Fruit is sourced from China, Chile, Canada, Turkey, Serbia, Poland, Thailand and New Zealand. We were the first in New Zealand to display our fruit in transparent bags, so buyers can see the quality. We were also the first to clearly show the country of origin on our packaging.
Since 2003, we have sold more than 7000 tonnes of fruit.
We have always sourced from independently accredited suppliers.
All our suppliers are certified with at least one of the following food safety management systems:
BRC Global Standards (United Kingdom) — an internationally recognized food safety and quality certification programme
ISO 22000 — an international standard for food safety at every point in the production chain
HACCP — the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system is an international food safety programme that FSL Foods is accredited with and independently audited by Assure Quality New Zealand.
Exceeding standards in the supply chain.
Because quality assurance is so vital to us, FSL Foods exceeds industry requirements for safety checks, as well as local and central government requirements. Our suppliers have been individually chosen by our management team, and we set extremely high standards for them. We only work with suppliers who meet our standards.
We audit our suppliers annually and work very closely with them throughout the year, covering:
- quality systems
- raw material management
- contaminant residues
- pest control
- glass, metal, and other foreign bodies
- process control and hazard control plans
- water and fruit cleaning processes.
All products we import into New Zealand have the following documentation:
A Product Specification and Product Information Form (PIF 5.0) outline how the product is prepared, packed, and stored. These documents show microbiological and quality specifications, nutritional data, the item’s GMO or radiation status, and whether it contains any allergens.
Certificate of Analysis. This shows the results of microbiological tests (E. coli and other coliforms, yeast, and mould); and analytical tests (colour, flavour, pH, brix, and acidity).