GLOBALG.A.P. is proud to announce the new Crops for Processing Standard (CfP). This is a standard similar to GLOBALG.A.P.'s long-established Integrated Farm Assurance Standard (IFA), but it will apply to crops that are grown to be used for further processing, as opposed to crops that will be sold whole and fresh.

The new CfP Standard will cover crops that are slated to be frozen, juiced, used to make pre-cooked meals, and used for animal feed, among other types of processing. These crops will be held to the same standard as IFA crops, with the exception of two differences: the risk-based approach to food safety and the auditing rules.

Production of produce destined for processing implies different risks at the farm-level and therefore the CfP Standard approaches food safety risk assessment at the farm-level differently.

The CfP also differs in that it is a non-accredited standard. Producers shall perform either self-assessments or internal inspections or receive inspections/audits by an approved Certification Body.

Self-assessments and third-party assessments will both require the completion of the Overview of Farming Operations questionnaire. This form includes questions about the producer and processor responsibilities. Producers are required to give information about their processors in order to register under the new CfP Standard.

GLOBALG.A.P. CEO Kristian Moeller said, "The new Crops for Processing Standard is an opportunity for farmers to certify that their crops are grown according to best agricultural practices, even if they do not have control over the way those crops are processed before being sold. This new standard opens the door for more food producers to obtain a certification from GLOBALG.A.P. and to certify more crops under our standards."

There is a separate certification for processors who want to sell their final products with a GLOBALG.A.P. Certification. It is called the Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification. While the CfP standard applies to the way the crops are grown, the CoC Certification is used to ensure traceability and segregation of certified and non-certified products.
Two consultation periods were held (Sep/Oct 2015 and Jul/Aug 2016) and comments were discussed and incorporated as appropriate.

The Standard and rules are available on the website. To learn more about the GLOBALG.A.P. Crops for Processing Standard, visit www.globalgap.org/cfp.