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Trader Joe’s Food Safety Requirements

Trader Joe’s is a national grocery store chain, which requires Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked food safety certification for every site that processes, packs, stores, or distributes product to them.

Trader Joe’s Food Safety Audit Requirements

  • Every site that processes, packs, stores or distributes product to Trader Joe’s is required to undergo an annual Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Benchmarked Audit.
  • Trader Joe’s only buys products that are produced in FDA or USDA licensed and approved commercial manufacturing facilities.
  • Kellerman Consulting is not affiliated with Trader Joe’s. For detailed Trader Joe’s supplier requirements view their Potential Vendor Requirements.

Additional Trader Joe’s Vendor Requirements

In addition to Trader Joe’s general requirement for GFSI Certification, suppliers should be prepared for the following and more: 

Trader Joe’s Brand Product Requirements

Trader Joe’s brand products contain NO artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, MSG, added trans fats, dairy ingredients from rBST sources or genetically modified ingredients. Trader Joe’s brand products contain colors derived only from naturally available products.

Nutritional Analysis & Shelf Life Requirements

All vendors must be prepared to provide nutritional analysis for the products they produce via a Third Party Laboratory Analysis. All Vendors must be prepared to provide a validated third party lab shelf life data analysis.

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