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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. CCOF only provides food safety audits for operations who have some organic programs (...
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...
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...
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. strawberries (inspection in March) and harvest follow up inspection for apples (verified in September). Inspection timing depends on...
Yes! We are proud to announce that CCOF is accredited to provide GLOBALG.A.P. certifications. Visit our Food Safety Services Page for additional information about CCOF's GLOBALG.A.P. certification and how to apply!
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...
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. Your inspector will check...
The Global Food Safety Initiative is an international nonprofit umbrella organization that “benchmarks” (deems equivalent) food safety standards. Retailers or buyers that require food safety certification from their suppliers generally require that the certification standard be GFSI benchmarked. The CCOF GLOBALG.A.P. program offers GFSI-...
GLOBALG.A.P. is a stakeholder-driven nonprofit organization based in Germany that sets food safety standards for farmers. There are over 120,000 farms worldwide certified to GLOBALG.A.P. standards.
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...
Many farmers and processors are already being asked to be certified to one of the existing third party food safety standards by retail buyers like Costco or Walmart. We anticipate that the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules will mean more companies will be pursuing food safety assessment and/or certification. Even if law does not require it, assessment and/or...
Because your buyer requires you to have GFSI-benchmarked food safety certification for some or all of your organic crops. CCOF is one of the most trusted names in certification, with over 40 years of commitment to the organic farming community. We seek to provide a cost effective program that will allow organic farmers to succeed as food safety certification becomes increasingly required by the...