- Risk assessments and checklists per program can help you construct your plan depending on activities.
- Self-assessment – using the specific GlobalG.A.P. standard checklist (IFA, HPSS, PHA, etc), you must self-inspect your own operation, record comments in each of the control points and if necessary, document evidence of corrective actions taken to fix any deficiencies.
- Update your Food Safety Plan any time there are changes to products/ parcels/ acreage operation or changes to activities (e.g. addition of new packing equipment or line or addition of a new product).
- You are required to review and if necessary, update your Food Safety Plan annually at a minimum.
- Submit an application as soon as possible to ensure efficient inspection scheduling. Inspectors book up fast and last minute applications may be more expensive.
- You are required to complete a self-assessment using the specific GlobalG.A.P. standard you are enrolled in (e.g. IFA, HPSS, or PHA).
- Completing the self-assessment -- control point by control point -- will help ensure you are prepared.
- Food Safety inspections must occur during the harvest, and if applicable, packing of the products you wish to be certified.
- Products with differing harvest practices and timings may require a harvest follow up inspection to verify harvest/packing practices, e.g.
- Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) - The IFA standard is the top tier GLOBALG.A.P. standard and is great for those exporting outside of the US and especially to the European Union.
- IFA certification includes topics above and beyond food safety, like worker welfare and environmental sustainability.
- Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) - The HPSS is a standard developed by United Fresh and used by GLOBALG.A.P. and other organizations like the USDA.
CCOF offers food safety certification to fruit and vegetable producers and packing houses with minimal processing. We have several programs available to meet your needs.
We have heard loud and clear from our members that they want to comply with the requirements of FSMA and their buyers, but are concerned about the cost, time, and paperwork burden of dealing with another certification program. In addition, organic producers need a food safety program that works in harmony with the USDA NOP requirements. We see the value in offering a food safety certification program that not only respects and encourages organic systems, but also streamlines the paperwork and inspection process.
Confirmation of your continuation in the CCOF GLOBALG.A.P. certification program is required annually. Complete this form and pay your invoice at least 30 days prior to your annual harvest anniversary date.
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