Costco Produce Food Safety Audit Expectations and Addenda

Here we present the latest edition of the Costco Produce Food Safety Audit Expectations and Addenda.  We encourage you to read the Expectations and Addenda thoroughly as well as the letter reflecting their changes, written by the Costco staff. These documents are effective June 1, 2017.

Summary of changes relevant to GLOBALG.A.P. and our CBs:

  • Choice of standard: In addition to IFA and PSS, HPSS may be an accepted audit for fresh produce (but not for post-harvest) if it is allowed by the packing facility.
  • Choice of CB: Growers without on-farm packed products can use any CB of their choice, if it is allowed by the facility.  For on-farm packed commodities, the Costco approved CB list applies (see the list in Costco Produce Food Safety Audit Expectations, page 6)
  • Sampling of groups: The sampling for group audits is under certification program rules. There will be no additional Costco sampling.  The exception is for producers with multiple commodities, for which CBs must make an effort to make a representative sampling per commodity.
  • Costco oversight: Costco will review and oversee the following operations:
    • facility audits (packinghouses, processors, coolers, etc.)
    • in-field (on-farm) packing operations. Costco Produce Addendum for Field-Packed Commodities is still required for GLOBALG.A.P. audits for producers with on-farm packing.
  • Facility oversight: Facilities are responsible to oversee grower audits (without on-farm packing) as part of the supplier management program. These audit reports and certificates must still be entered into Azzule, but no Costco addendum is required.
  • Costco Produce Addendum for Field-Packed Commodities now combines the Harvest Crew Addendum and Growing Area Addendum.
  • Harvest Crew Addendum audits must be conducted during harvest.