Safety and Security
WILD's Facility Registration Number (FRN) 13272852382
Bioterrorism Preparedness Requirement
On June 12, 2002, President Bush signed the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 giving the FDA more power "to protect the nation food supply against terrorist acts and other threats." The bill addresses significant food safety provisions with new compliance requirements including: the registration of food manufacturers, processors, packers and holders (brokers); records of maintenance and access; and prior notice to import food in the U.S. (C-TPAT Certification). CIA Director George J Tenet "listed a number of ways terrorists could strike, including poisoning of food and water supplies using cyanide, botulism or ricin..."("Advice on Bioterrorism Management," www.foodnavigator.com, 2/25/03)
WILD Flavors, Inc. has developed action plans that contribute to the security of the products provided to our customers. While it is understood that it is impossible to totally eliminate all risks concerning intentional and deliberate contamination of products, WILD's intention is to make every reasonable effort to reduce the risks wherever possible.
Regarding the WILD facility, the area and buildings are secured through specific lighting, police patrols, security alarms and well-positioned cameras. Ventilation systems are in restricted areas that are accessed only from within the building. The sewage areas are locked and the drains pass through internal segregated water treatment tanks. The water supply is in secure areas and maintained by authorized personnel. Water is sampled and tested internally as well as by an independent laboratory.
WILD requires pre-employment drug testing and references checks on all candidates for employment. A panel of supervisory personnel interviews candidates prior to employment. Employees are issued computerized control access key cards for entrance which are programmed for designated access and deactivated for loss of card or termination of employment. Entrance to the facility is limited, recorded and monitored by computers and security cameras. There is minimal use of temporary employees. Temporary employees are contracted through temporary employment service and have similar requirements of drug testing, reference checks and background information. Temporary employees receive limited facility and departmental access.
Visitors are required to enter the building through the front entrance. They are required to register and be escorted while in the building. Visitor badges are issued, must be visible at all times, and are returned to the front desk upon departure from the building. Truck drivers are restricted to the shipping/receiving dock and monitored by WILD personnel at all times. Drivers not possessing proper paperwork are not permitted into the building.
Computer access within WILD is secured through firewalls, virus scans, and secured servers. Internal authentication systems are in place along with "Help Desk" controls. Nightly back-ups are conducted. Key card access is necessary for access to server. A double authentication system has been installed to access e-mail. Disaster contingency plans are in place.
Mail and package sorting are maintained by trained WILD personnel in specialized areas and supported by local law enforcement and emergency agencies.
Waste removal is done through an internally accessible compactor. The access door is locked when a contractor removes the compactor to empty it. The dumpster is located a safe distance from facility and never enters the building. Access by key card is required for authorized employees' re-entry into the facility. Hazardous water (mostly flammable, not toxic) is stored in locked compartment accessible only by authorized personnel; inspected weekly, and managed according to government regulations.
Finished goods are packaged in UN/DOT approved materials including boxes, drums, and jerricans. Transportation of finished products to customers is accomplished through dedicated trailers sealed by WILD employees. WILD maintains use of inspected, approved trailers through bonded insured carriers with direct transport to customer.
WILD Flavors, Inc. fully understands the need for enhanced security to assure our customers and consumers that our products are safe and are made with the highest standard of quality. WILD will continue to perform risk assessment, develop action steps and train employees to ensure the production of safe, wholesome quality goods.