Quality Control – Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) Ready:
The Company and its leadership team have championed Food Safety initiatives in the Dairy industry. Rich and Heather Draper are both active members of the International Dairy Foods Listeria Task Force and the Artisan Food Safety Advisory Team. They have worked collaboratively with Dairy Executives on Food Safety regulation, compliance and implementation. They remain at the forefront of innovation and advancement. In addition, they have made numerous presentations to engage the industry in establishing, developing and maintaining a culture of Food Safety. They have engaged directly with Leaders at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide industry feedback for the Control of Listeria Monocytogenes in Ready to Eat Foods Guidance Document for Industry.
The Company has developed and implemented a robust Food Safety Plan that is FSMA compliant. In addition, the Company has brought in outside consultants to formally review and validate the Company’s Food Safety Plan and Environmental Monitoring Program. Some of those consultants are Merieux NutriScience Company (pka Randolph and Associates), Hogan Lovells U.S. Food Safety Attorneys, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Science along with International Dairy Foods Association Regulatory Affairs and International Affairs Division. The Company utilizes an independent third party Laboratory for validation of the Company’s Environmental Monitoring Program. The Company is quarterly inspected by the Florida Department of Agriculture and regularly inspected by a Rabbi from the Orthodox Rabbinical Board (ORB) for the Company’s Kosher designation and compliance.
In addition, at the 2019 Dairy Forum, Rich and Heather Draper of The Ice Cream Club® were awarded the 2019 International Dairy Foods Association Food Safety Leadership Award. However, this is not the end game, Food Safety is an ongoing commitment. Ultimately, the reward is that the Company and consumers have the confidence that Ice Cream Club® products are safe.
Rich and Heather Draper are Active Members of Artisan Food Safety Advisory team organized by the Innovation Center for US Dairy and the American Cheese Society. Among other initiatives, this team has worked with North Carolina State to develop a recently launched online course: Food Safety for Artisan Cheesemakers.
Rich and Heather Draper along with the Innovation Center for US Dairy, industry leaders, Academia and NC State have developed a soon to be launched website and online course: Food Safety for Artisan Ice Cream Manufacturers.
Our Quality Control Division is committed to food safety, quality control and product development. We maintain a Dairy Laboratory on premise to timely and accurately conduct our quality control testing. Stringent review of raw ingredients for safety and quality, coupled with rigorous control of our processes, ensures you are getting a safe and wholesome product. All products manufactured by The Ice Cream Club® are certified Kosher and Fresh From Florida.
Quality Control and Product Safety
The production is under the supervision of the Florida Department of Agriculture who regularly samples the products. Production is also regulated and inspected by the Food and Drug Administration. The company maintains a Dairy Laboratory to insure quality and develop new products. The Quality Control department is also actively involved in promoting Allergen Awareness to our customers and follows a stringent HACCP program. All products are certified Kosher and Fresh From Florida.