GAP Harmonization Initiative
In June 2009, the United Fresh Food Safety & Technology Council endorsed a plan to drive harmonization of GAP standards, to reduce audit fatigue and allow operations to focus their food safety resources on achieving food safety, rather than passing audits. This plan evolved into the Produce GAP Harmonization Initiative, an all-industry effort including growers, shippers, produce buyers, government agencies, audit organizations and other stakeholders. Click here for additional background.
The goal of the Initiative is “one audit by any credible third party, acceptable to all buyers.” To achieve this goal, the Initiative has developed food safety Good Agricultural Practices standards and audit checklists for pre- and post-harvest operations, applicable to all fresh produce commodities, all sizes of on-farm operations and all regions in the U.S., and has made them available for use by any operation or audit organization at no cost.
- Who is endorsing audits using the Harmonized Standards?
- Who is performing audits using the Harmonized Standards?
- Field Operations and Harvesting
- Post-harvest Operations Harmonized Standard
- Combined Harmonized Standard
- Post-Harvest Operations Harmonized Standard (Spanish)
GAP Harmonization In The News
- Update to Harmonized Standards Now Official
- Produce GAPs Steering Committee to Meet in Chicago
- Produce GAPs Harmonization: The Goal Is in Sight
Produce GAPs Harmonized Standards Training, Tuesday March 3-4, Ephrata, PA
For more information about the Produce GAPs Harmonization Initiative, contact Erin Grether at 202.303.3402.