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13 Jul 2016

Wow, what a week!  Did you know that HACCP, first developed in the 1960’s was a spin off from the US Space program?  The government wanted to make sure the food provided to astronauts would not harm them or make them sick while in space.  The food was to be completely free of bacteria, toxins, chemicals and physical hazards.  As a result of this HACCP was soon developed as a way to eliminate these hazards to produce the safest food possible. 

HACCP I focused on the importance of solid prerequisite programs.  A prerequisite program is a series of steps or procedures that control the operational conditions within a plant or food establishment and promotes environmental conditions that are favorable for the production of safe food.  Prerequisite programs address issues such as employee hygiene, sanitation, pest control, premises, transportation, purchasing, shipping, receiving, storage, recalls and equipment

HACCPII focused on the...

21 Apr 2015
We have a big announcement to make. We’ve been working on a top-secret project for well over a year and we’re so excited to finally share the results with you! It’s been a grueling (we actually can’t believe how much hard work was involved) process that has taken great...
05 Mar 2015
Two years ago, Just Us! had no relationships in El Salvador and our partnership with Prodecoop in Nicaragua was rather distant and impersonal. Today things are different. We have now purchased 2 harvests from ACPROA in El Salvador that have gone into our Cradle of Peace and Project: Trifinio...
17 Feb 2015
In our last blog, we reported on how the San Antonio cooperative is responding to difficult circumstances by analyzing their vulnerabilities and taking concrete steps to improve.  One area of their focus is the health of their farms.  Another is the participation of women in their...
23 Jan 2015
It’s exciting to see the determination of the San Antonio cooperative in Nicaragua, even during a time when they’ve lost up to 80% of their coffee production due to the devastating fungus, Rust.  Their determination is being supported and enabled by the Just Us! Rust Recovery...
06 Jan 2015
A spirit of pride and optimism was palpable when we visited the Luis Alberto Vásquez cooperative in Nicaragua.  The members of this small co-op work collectively on one large farm and the entire community, including 40 youth, has rallied around the effort to eradicate coffee rust from...