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GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR 2015 United States


1920x498_USA_tour2015 2Are farm audits a valuable food safety and social accountability tool, or a waste of valuable resources? In 2009, United Fresh engaged the industry on overcoming “audit burden”. Did we succeed or has the situation grown worse, and why? Later this year, FDA will publish several final regulations in which audits figure prominently.

This GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR stop and United Fresh half-day conference will engage FDA, major retail and produce buyers, growers and audit organizations in a lively discussion on “The Sense and Nonsense of Farm Certification,” how it affects your organization, and is there a smarter way moving forward. 

The United States TOUR event is organized by United Fresh Produce Association and held in conjunction with United Fresh 2015, June 8-10 in Chicago.

GLOBALG.A.P. TOUR 2015 United States – Organized by United Fresh Produce Association
Thursday, June 11, 2015
South Hall, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

For more information on the TOUR 2015 United States, contact Erin Grether at 202-303-3402. For more information on GLOBALG.A.P.’s events, visit the GLOBALG.A.P. website.

A special thank you to our technology sponsor.



Preliminary Conference Program: “The Sense and Nonsense of Farm Certification”
United Fresh and GLOBALG.A.P. invite the fresh produce industry to challenge the business case of the certification industry.

8:30 a.m.   

9:00 a.m.    
– Tom Stenzel, CEO, United Fresh Produce Association, and Kristian Moeller, President, GLOBALG.A.P. North America 

9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.     
Keynote: The Role of Audits
This year, FDA will finalize food safety rules for growers and on-farm packers, will require fresh produce imports to be held to the same standards, and will establish requirements for government and private sector audit organizations to perform consulting and regulatory audits of foreign operations. This presentation will provide insight into the FDA’s perspective on the role of audits at the farm in regulatory compliance and in assuring safe food practices. 

Speaker: Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner, FDA

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.    
Session 1: Food Safety Harmonization – 6 Years Later
In 2009, the U.S. produce industry undertook harmonization of on-farm food safety standards in an effort to reduce the audit burden for suppliers and buyers, without sacrificing food safety. Produce buyers and growers will explore their progress over the past six years in an open discussion, with audience perspectives, of whether the goal has been already achieved or whether – and what – obstacles remain standing in the way of achievement. 

Moderator: David Gombas, United Fresh Produce Association; Peter Hill, Alpine Fresh

Panel Members: Kerry Bridges, Walmart; Reggie Brown, Florida Tomato Exchange; Fred Finney, Moreland Fruit Farm; Peter Hill, Apline Fresh; Bill Pool, Wegmans; Craig Wilson, Costco

10:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.    

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    
Session 2: Beyond Food Safety
The audit burden at the farm has grown beyond food safety to include sustainability, worker welfare and other non-food safety objectives. Attendees will explore the genesis of the environmental and social standards and their related audits in this session – who is choosing them and why. Produce buyers and consumer representatives will discuss their expectations at the farm and of audits conducted – is there an opportunity for harmonization?

Moderators: Robert Denny, GLOBALG.A.P. Stakeholder Committee for Crops Sustainability member

Panel Members: Gavin Bailey, Walmart; Tamara Muruetagoiena, Driscoll’s; Mary K. O’Rourke, U.S. Department of Labor; Chris Waldrop, Consumer Federation of America; Craig Wilson, Costco 

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.    
Session 3: Synopsis and Outlook:
Is This The Best We Can Do Or Is There A Different Way?
Given the complexity and competitive nature of the emerging landscape of standards and requirements, and following the discussions of the day, standard owners will be challenged to defend the current state of the third party verification industry, or to consider how it can be improved for the benefit of all.

Moderators: David Gombas, United Fresh Produce Association; Robert Denny, GLOBALG.A.P. Stakeholder Committee for Crops Sustainability member

Panel Members: Roberta Anderson, GLOBALG.A.P; LeAnn Chuboff, SQFI; Michael Hari, Equicert; Peter O’Driscoll, Equitable Food Initiative; Ken Peterson, USDA AMS


End of joint event

Afternoon: GLOBALG.A.P. U.S.A. National Technical Working Group meeting (Invitation only: Please contact GLOBALG.A.P. North America Inc.)