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.
In July 2016 the Technical Working Group updated the Harmonized Standards. The red-lined versions were posted and open for comment until November 21, 2016. The Technical Working Group considered the comments and finalized version 1.1.
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-harvest 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 Harmonized Standard V.1.1
- Post Harvest Operations Harmonized Standard V.1.1
- Combined Harmonized Standard*
- Field Operations and Harvesting Standard (Spanish)*
- Post-Harvest Operations Harmonized Standard (Spanish)*
- Combined Harmonized Standard (Spanish)*
GAP Harmonization In The News
- GLOBALG.A.P. and United Fresh Produce Association introduce the first Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized application of the Produce GAP Harmonized Standards
- 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: