Preferred Freezer Services (PFS) has announced that its Richland, WA facility earned an Organic Handling Certification from nonprofit accredited organic certifier Oregon Tilth. This development is PFS’s latest step in an ongoing commitment to food safety and sustainability.

The certification represents the facility’s compliance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program guidelines. Areas of inspection include pest prevention, product traceability, sanitation practices, and adequate separation of organic and nonorganic products to avoid contamination.

“Preferred Freezer Services recognizes the unique need of our clients to preserve the identity of consumer food products,” says Eric Wolf, manager of food safety and quality at PFS. “This achievement in Richland is an important way in which we demonstrate our stewardship to protecting not only product safety but also the quality of organic products trusted to our care and the sustainability strategies of our clients.”

PFS of Richland will implement and adhere an Organic Handling Plan promoting organic best practices in the facility. PFS’s signature standardization of systems throughout the country allows for the efficient transference of these same holistically developed and ecologically balanced organic efforts across the network in the future.