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?
Draft Harmonized Standards Open For Comment
In July 2016 the Technical Working Group updated the Harmonized Standards. These updates appear in red text when you click on the links below. The revised standards are in draft form and will be finalized in January 2017 after public comments are addressed. If you have comments on any of the proposed changes, please contact Jennifer McEntire, VP Food Safety & Technology. Please identify the standard to which you are referring (field operations & harvesting or post-harvest operations), the section number, and your comment. Comments are due by November 21, 2016.
- Field Operations and Harvesting Standard
- Post-harvest Operations Harmonized Standard
- Combined Harmonized Standard
- Field Operations and Harvesting Standard (Spanish)
- Post-Harvest Operations Harmonized Standard (Spanish)
- Combined Harmonized Standard (Spanish)
GAP Harmonization In The News
- Spanish Post-harvest Operations Harmonized Food Safety Standard Now Available
- Produce GAPs Harmonization: The Goal Is in Sight
For more information about the Produce GAPs Harmonization Initiative, contact Erin Grether at 202.303.3402.