What are my options for food safety certification? Is there only one standard for farms?

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GLOBALG.A.P. has different programs to meet the needs of different buyers. Be sure to talk to your buyers to determine which program level you need! Food Safety Certifications and Assessments:

  • IFA: Integrated Farm Assurance – GFSI benchmarked certification. Top-level program. Important for exports. Includes food safety, traceability, environmental welfare, and worker welfare.
  • PSS: Produce Safety Standard – GFSI benchmarked certification, but includes ONLY food safety standards. Subset of IFA above. Great for producers selling to larger regional and national retailers.
  • localg.a.p. North America – Assessment only; not a certification and not GFSI benchmarked. Simplified standard with basic/foundation and intermediate levels. A stepping stone to full IFA or PSS certification. Provides producers with an audit report for buyers to review and aides in developing a solid food safety plan.
  • NEW! HPSS: Harmonized Produce Safety Standard – GFSI benchmark. Incorporates United Fresh’s Harmonized Standards and will replace the PSS above.

For more information about eligibility, program benefits, and requirements, review the CCOF GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Program Manual