At Harmons we are not only committed to providing you with the greatest and freshest products, but providing those products to you with the care and confidence we have done everything we can to make sure it is safe for you and your family.
Education and Training
Before you can enjoy your hamburger, potato salad, fresh cut fruit, or cheesecake, someone in our store has to prepare and handle the food. We take every step, even a few extra, to make sure our people know how to handle, prepare and serve your food carefully and properly. All fresh department associates, Grocery Managers, Home & Health Managers, Foodies, and Assistant Managers are trained and certified through our state approved Harmons Food Safety Course. Don't be surprised to see your Store Director helping behind the counter - they are certified as well. Although the law requires only one Certified Food Safety Manger per location, Harmons certifies more than that. Each Fresh Food Sales Director, all fresh department managers and all Store Directors attend a two-day in-house course and pass the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals exam.
Support and Accountability
Harmons has a dedicated Director of Food Safety who provides support and direction for our 14 locations. Besides being an educator and training resource, our Director of Food Safety also makes sure we are following all the rules for keeping food safe.
Our Director of Food Safety inspects every store at least once per quarter. Yes, these quarterly inspections are certainly a lot of work, but we are committed to making sure our departments are clean and safe to meet Harmons' high standards and expectations. Each quarter the departments with the highest scores on their inspections are awarded the "Best of the Best" trophy. Does your Harmons store's Bakery or Meat department have the traveling trophy for scoring the highest on their inspection this quarter?
Harmons has a very comprehensive documentation program, specific to each department. Temperatures, Lot Numbers, cleaning and sanitizing, COOL (Country of Origin Labeling), and product or process specific logs are verified daily.
Recalls can often be alarming and confusing for customers. For a grocery store the first priority is to make sure the recalled product is removed from the shelves. We work hard to make sure we have the proper procedures in place to quickly and efficiently handle product recalls. We work closely with our vendors and Associated Food Stores to keep informed on recalled product as well as subscribing to the USDA, FDA and CDC recall notification programs. Internally, we have a completely custom and unique online notification, tracking and documentation program with strict time windows to remove product and complete documentation. Of course Harmons stands behind all of the products we sell. If you have questions or concerns, or if you have purchased any recalled product, please contact the Business Center of your local Harmons store for more information.
Stay Safe at Home
While we do everything we can to make sure food and product you purchase from Harmons is safe, it is important to make sure you are taking care of your food once you leave our stores. Avoiding cross contamination, storing foods at proper temperatures, clean preparation, thorough cooking and careful serving are all critical steps towards keeping your food safe for you and your family.
For tips on home food safety and current recall information please visit www.FoodSafety.gov