Food Safety and Quality

Our Food Safety and Quality commitment

Costa is dedicated to producing safe, quality, nutritious fresh food for consumers through commercially sustainable farming practices and services.

Costa never compromises on the safety and quality of the produce we supply and is committed to effective implementation and continuous improvement of our Food Safety and Quality Management system and fostering a positive and proactive Food Safety and Quality culture.

Food Safety and Quality Management System

Costa has implemented a Food Safety and Quality Management System, which is based on the systematic application of CODEX Alimentarius Commission HACCP principles, food safety and quality certification standards benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), federal, state and local government regulation, customer supplier requirements and industry best practice.

Continuous improvement of our practices, systems and solutions ensure we remain at the forefront of Australian horticultural innovation and industry best practices.

Costa’s sites are certified to a number of food safety and quality certification schemes that are applicable to the scope of their operation including:

  • SQF Food Safety Code
  • SQF Quality Code
  • Global G.A.P Integrated Farm Assurance Standard (IFA)
  • Global G.A.P Chain of Custody
  • Global G.A.P QMS 
  • Freshcare Food Safety & Quality Standard
  • Freshcare Food Safety & Quality Supply Chain Standard
  • HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) & GMP certification criteria
  • Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS)

Costa also meets additional customer food safety and quality supplier requirements.

Please contact us if you require a copy of a quality assurance certificate for one of our sites.

Costa’s international sites meet regulatory and customer food safety and quality requirements for the country of production and country of sale.

Food Safety and Quality Culture

We believe that great food safety and quality outcomes are achieved by fostering a culture of care. Our Costa Care initiative focuses on our passion for our outstanding people, safe and nutritious food production and thriving partnerships with our local communities and environments. Through Costa Care we continue to enhance our positive and proactive Food Safety and Quality culture and the dedicated commitment of all Costa personnel to the supply of safe, quality, nutritious, fresh food to consumers, every time.