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 GAPs Harmonization Initiative, an all-industry effort including growers, shippers, produce buyers, government agencies, audit organizations and other stakeholders. 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.
Produce GAPs Harmonization Initiative Auditor Workshop
The next two-day workshop will be held on March 11 and 12 at Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine CA and is co-sponsored by NSF. The workshop will feature the official training materials developed by the Produce GAPs Harmonization Initiative Calibration Committee, designed to standardize food safety auditors' expectations of post-harvest packing, holding and cooling operations using the Post-harvest Operations Harmonized Standards. Workshop leaders will include Calibration Committee members from NSF, DFA of California and GlobalGAP. There is a nominal fee of $50 to attend.
To register for the workshop, click here or contact Erin Grether at email@example.com or 202-303-3402.
Technical Working Group Meeting
A Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting will be held March 13 at Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine CA. The meeting is open to all interested stakeholders. The agenda is still in development, but will include a review of the Field Operations and Harvesting and Post-harvest Operations Harmonized Standards, requests for changes to the standards that have been received since the last meeting in 2012, and updates from participating audit organizations like USDA, GlobalGAP and IFS. There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. To register for the TWG meeting, click here or contact Erin Grether at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-303-3402. More information about the meeting will be sent to those who register.
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Technical Working Group (TWG)
For more information about the Produce GAPs Harmonization Initiative, please contact Erin Grether at email@example.com