Food Safety Certifications

Food Safety Certifications

Food Safety

The integrity of our customers’ products is our highest priority. Our HACCP based food safety program is designed to provide the safest storage and handling environments and to prevent product loss.  Our team can help your company manage customer requirements as well as navigate the uncertainty presented by the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Our Commitment

Columbian employees at every level understand our involvement within the food  supply chain and that we have both a moral and an ethical responsibility to maintain the integrity and purity of our customers brand name and their food supplies. With this understanding, the Columbian staff is committed to food safety and continuous improvement through education, training, and support. Through these practices, our goal is to exceed our customer’s expectations and food regulatory requirements by continually improving the SQF system at our facilities. Our staff realizes the importance of maintaining food safety and quality systems. Columbian’s employees are committed to positioning Columbian as a leader in third party food logistics.

Food Safety Team / HACCP Program

Each Columbian Logistics Network facility or campus has a Food Safety Team, responsible for front-line execution of the Food Safety program, which is managed centrally.  The Hazard Analysis-Critical Control  Points (HACCP) program is managed by dedicated food safety experts.  The Food Safety Team acts as the eyes and ears of the customer when interacting with the HACCP Plan.

Independent Audits

Columbian Logistics Network is audited by the AIB, earning a ‘good’ or better rating at its facilities for the past 7 years.   The five Categories for Inspection are:

  • Operational Methods and Personnel Practices
  • Maintenance for Food Safety
  • Cleaning Practices
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Adequacy of Prerequisite Programs and Food Safety Programs

Sanitation / Pest Control

All food grade facilities have weekly integrated pest management services contracted through Ecolab. These services can be tailored to meet clients’ specific needs.


With food allergies, food sensitivities, and other dietary needs in mind, Columbian has implemented numerous customized programs and procedures. These include collective labeling practices, cleaning schedules, and continuous improvement software. Our facilities are also USDA organic certified to better accommodate our customers’ organic requirements.

AIB International

AIB (The American Institute of Baking)

The American Institute of Baking (AIB International) is a non-profit foundation that providing independent food safety auditing and educational and technical resources to food processors, distributors and retailers worldwide. The American Institute of Baking conducts an annual comprehensive audit of each of our facilities, for which Columbian consistently scores Superior ratings. Topics include:

  • Adequacy of Food Safety Program
  • Pest Control
  • Operational Methods and Personnel Practices<
  • Maintenance for Food Safety
  • Cleaning Practices

Visit the AIB website to learn more.


SQF (Safe Quality Foods)

SQF is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system. Using the SQF certification program will help reduce assessment inconsistencies and costs of multiple assessment standards. The SQF audit process, conducted by independent auditing bodies, happens once a year and beginning 2014, audits will be randomly conducted. An independent auditor will conduct an onsite visit of facilities to review the physical condition and to review documentation and processes. The auditor will inspect trailers and review cleaning, sanitation and pest control practices.
Organizations under audit are docked points for non-compliance, the amount of points directly correlating to the severity of non-compliance from minor to major risk to the food supply.
Visit the SQF website for more information.


OTCO (Oregon Tilth Certified Organic)

Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit research and education membership organization dedicated to biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture. Oregon Tilth offers educational events throughout the state of Oregon, and provides organic certification services to organic growers, processors, and handlers internationally. OTCO is certified to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP).
Visit the Oregon Tilth website to learn more.

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