Fruit and vegetable safety program rebranded
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3/12/2009 2:35:00 AM
national body for Canada's fruit and vegetable growers has rebranded its
On-Farm Food Safety (OFFS) standards and certification program.
Canadian Horticultural Council's OFFS, which includes national food
safety standards and certification for safe production, storage and
packing of fresh produce, will now be called CanadaGAP – On-Farm Food
Safety for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables.
on-farm food safety manuals specific to different fruit and vegetable
crops have been developed by the horticultural industry and are reviewed
for technical soundness by Canadian government officials, the CHC said in
a statement this week.
manuals are designed for producers and packers implementing good
agricultural practices (GAPs) and contain comprehensive guidance based on
analysis using HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control point)
principles, the council said.
certification component of the program, launched in September last year,
is open to suppliers who need to demonstrate to their customers that they
are following the OFFS manuals.
OFFS standards for fruit and vegetables will be benchmarked this year to
meet internationally recognized Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
requirements and GlobalGAP standards, hence the name CanadaGAP.
is a German-based international body setting voluntary standards for the
certification of agricultural products worldwide. GlobalGAP certification
is carried out by more than 100 certification bodies in over 80
countries, the CHC said.
is co-ordinated by CIES: The Food Business Forum, based in Belgium. It
maintains a benchmarking process to promote standardization among food
producers and packers will be positioned to meet customer requirements
for compliance with GFSI or GlobalGAP standards," said Paul LeBlanc,
chair of the CHC's food safety management committee, in the council's
CHC also recently announced the first council member to successfully
complete the OFFS certification program, Red Hat Co-operative of