To-Jo Mushrooms’ packing and processing plants have achieved Safe Quality Food (SQF) 2000 Level 2 Food Manufacturer certification after an audit by the independent certifying body Steritech Group Inc.

The Avondale, Penn, company was awarded an excellent rating, the highest level of compliance, according to a news release.

SQF is the only North American-based food safety standard accorded benchmark status by the Global Food Safety Initiative, an international accreditation program based in Brussels.

As another step in its food safety management program, To-Jo’s farms and all its principal mushroom suppliers are certified under the Mushroom Good Agricultural Practices program managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

MGAP requires controls on product handling, employee hygiene, farm sanitation, pest management and other areas critical to food safety on the farm.

To-Jo Mushrooms grows whites, brown and specialty mushrooms and processes value-added mushroom products that are distributed nationally.