GLOBALG.A.P. Produce Handling Assurance Standard Achieves Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Benchmarking

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GLOBALG.A.P.’s Produce Handling Assurance (PHA) standard has successfully achieved recognition against the Global Food Safety Initiative’s Benchmarking Requirements, Version 2020.1. Congratulations to the GLOBALG.A.P. team for their hard work and effort developing a packinghouse food safety standard that provides choice in the marketplace.  

The PHA certification program is available to on-farm and stand-alone post-harvest handling facilities around the world. It provides food safety management certification of post-harvest activities, such as cooling, packing, repacking, handling, and storage of crops for consumption. The PHA certification program incorporates U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements from both the Produce Safety Rule and the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule, where applicable.

“PHA allows GLOBALG.A.P. to extend exceptional food safety assurance to both field and facility,” said Kristian Moeller, managing director at GLOBALG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH and president of GLOBALG.A.P. North America Inc. “We are pleased to now offer PHA as a GFSI-benchmarked standard, alongside the Integrated Farm Assurance and Harmonized Produce Safety Standard certification programs for farms.”

For many CCOF-certified organic producers and handlers, having their food safety and organic certifications under one roof is the way to go! Often, CCOF can send one inspector for both certification scopes, saving valuable time and money. Should you have questions, visit our website or contact CCOF’s food safety department at foodsafety@ccof.org.

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