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Coronavirus pandemic has changed everything we know, and nothing is
untouched. We all have to adjust on a daily basis as new information is
released. We at GLOBALG.A.P. also had to re-evaluate our emergency
procedure for certificate extension. We have decided to adapt our
policy, like other certification program owners, to be aligned and to
ensure transparency in the food supply chain and support those
producers that need to show compliance with a Global Food Safety
Initiative (GFSI) recognized standard. Learn about the
details on our website.
the midst of the current COVID-19 pandemic, farms around the globe
continue to supply a hungry world. However, farmers and farm workers
must now do so with additional concerns of potential illness that could
disrupt their families, their communities, and their ability to produce.
Although there is no evidence that food or food packaging transmit the coronavirus according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
, there are still concerns about safe production and handling of
produce at farm level to protect both the product and those who plant,
tend, harvest, and pack it.
Many producers are wondering
what they can and should do. There are many sources explaining the
symptoms and basic prevention measures such as hand washing. Local,
regional, and national governments are identifying testing options and
measures to take in the case of suspected or confirmed
infections. We have prepared this resource on how producers can address COVID-19.
Consultation for Remote Inspections and Audits During COVID-19 Crisis
is continuing to monitor and assess risks and recommendations in the
face of the outbreak and rapid spread of coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19). Recent global developments have led to significant health
and safety concerns, as well as to travel/movement restrictions in
numerous countries and territories. To support its producers in this
extraordinary situation, to safeguard the health and safety of
inspectors and auditors, and to ensure a continuous supply of products
from GLOBALG.A.P. certified production processes, GLOBALG.A.P. is
considering alternative ways of conducting inspections and audits,
including remote inspections and audits. Read more on our website if you are interested in providing your feedback.
Launch of the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Standard Version 5.3-GFS
In order for GLOBALG.A.P. to maintain recognition of its Integrated
Farm Assurance (IFA) standard against the Global Food Safety Initiative
(GFSI) version 7.2 benchmarking requirements for the sub-scope Fruit
and Vegetables and the scope Aquaculture and to gain recognition for
the Hop sub-scope, an updated version of IFA has been published on 21
February 2020. This version, referred to as IFA V5.3-GFS, becomes
obligatory on 21 May 2020 for those users supplying customers who
demand compliance with a GFSI-recognized standard. Find more
information, including an FAQ, on our website.
GLOBALG.A.P. World Consultation Tour 2020 for V6 Standard Development
The GLOBALG.A.P. World Consultation Tour 2020 is the largest worldwide
consultation ever undertaken for a private standard for good
agricultural practices (G.A.P.). In 2020, we are in the process of
revising our Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard version 6, and we
would like to take the opportunity to integrate feedback loops in
addition to our public consultation period 1 from May until June 2020,
and our public consultation period 2, from November 2020 until January
2021. We are planning sessions during convenient times for the
U.S. and Canada during the first two weeks of June for producers,
certification bodies and the broader public, see dates and times below. More details can be found on our website and social media.
Upcoming dates in English with times in the Western Hemisphere:
Mon, 08 Jun 4 p.m. CEST (7 a.m. PST/10 a.m. EST) Fruit &
Vegetables World Consultation Tour meeting for Certification bodies
• Tue, 09 Jun 4 p.m. CEST (7 a.m. PST/10
a.m. EST) Fruit & Vegetables World Consultation Tour meeting for
• Wed, 10 Jun 4 p.m. CEST (7 a.m. PST/10 a.m. EST)
Fruit & Vegetables World Consultation Tour meeting for Public (ENG)
• Wed, 10 Jun 7 p.m. CEST (10 a.m. PST/1 p.m.
EST) Fruit & Vegetables World Consultation Tour meeting for
Certification Body (ENG)
Member Spotlight Q&A
North Bay Produce
Interview with Jennifer Pulcipher – Director of Food Safety & Compliance
Why is GLOBALG.A.P. important to you?
GLOBAL.G.A.P. is important to me because it has always been the
flagship of third party Good Agricultural Practices and the gold
standard of food safety certifications for growers around the world to
achieve. Many North Bay Produce suppliers participate in the standard
and therefore being involved with GLOBALG.A.P. is important to me so
that I can represent our company’s suppliers and industry partners and
be a voice on their behalf.
Read more here.
Interview with Abby Sherburne, Chief of Staff
Why is it important for you to be GLOBALG.A.P. members and how can your product help farmers?
HeavyConnect develops easy-to-use mobile software to digitize and
simplify field operations. Our technology provides compliance
documentation and record keeping for the agricultural industry.We built
HeavyConnect to level the playing field for growers of all sizes -
empowering them to simplify their operations and worklife. GLOBALG.A.P.
enables our growers to showcase that work through the audit process.
Like GLOBALG.A.P., we want to simplify the process of compliance
documentation across the food chain, so we’ve partnered with
GLOBALG.A.P. to digitize that process, allowing growers to reduce
paper, address corrective actions in real time, and make it home for
more dinners with family. Our software is easy to implement and
use. This lowers the barrier to entry and allows all growers and
packers (no matter their company culture or size) to implement digital
food safety tracking. Additionally, our customer success team provides
new customers with clear trainings and proactive support to make sure
that deployments across an organization happen quickly.
Read more here.
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GLOBALG.A.P. and FishChoice Announce New Partnership
GLOBALG.A.P. and FishChoice
are excited to announce the start of a new partnership to further
advance seafood sustainability amongst businesses. As one of the
leading global certification programs, the GLOBALG.A.P. aquaculture
standard is recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative
(GSSI) for its environmental criteria and the Global Food Safety
Initiative (GFSI) for its food safety criteria and provides assurances
in relation to fish health and welfare as well as worker safety,
health, and welfare. By joining FishChoice as a Seafood Sustainability
Certification Partner, both parties are working to promote businesses
who have achieved GLOBALG.A.P. certification and their GLOBALG.A.P.
certified products to the thousands of companies using FishChoice.com
to inform and improve their seafood sourcing. Read more about the
partnership in this press release.
FSMA PSR Add-on Updates
We have several updates related to the FSMA PSR add-on that we wanted to share:
1. A new FAQ about the add-on has been published to our website.
2. Mid-cycle checklist:
Understanding that business happens in between certification cycles, we
are making it easier for producers and CBs to add the FSMA PSR add-on
to their suite of certifications. With the help of the USA NTWG, the
new FSMA PSR mid-cycle checklist is a tool to achieve the certificate
of conformance after the initial or re-certification audit and without
waiting until the next annual audit. The IFA standard is already
included in this checklist, shortened to only include those control
points and compliance criteria (CPCC) that are requirements of the
Produce Safety Rule. This will save time for CBs to check only relevant
CPCCs, and provides an opportunity for producers to receive the
certificate of conformance for the FSMA PSR add-on earlier. Look for
the checklist on the right-hand side of the FSMA PSR add-on page under "FSMA PSR Add-on Documents".
3. The Spanish translation of the v1.2 FSMA PSR add-on documents is now available on the Spanish webpage for the add-on.
We want to hear from you!
Please take a moment to complete these two surveys for us:
What kinds of trainings do you want to see this year?
As we think about how we can best meet training needs for our
stakeholders, we would love some feedback on what kinds of trainings
you would like to see this year. Please fill out this brief survey and let us know what you’d be interested in learning more about.
order to help GLOBALG.A.P. North America better serve the needs of our
stakeholders, we invite producers/shippers to complete this short survey about the experience of exporting crops. Producers certified by/seeking certification to GLOBALG.A.P. standards:
• Survey is 10 questions and should take less than 10 minutes.
• If your products are ONLY sold in the USA, you do not need to complete this survey.
• If your products are sold directly (by you) or
indirectly (by someone else) abroad, we would appreciate your
• Only one response per company is needed. Why
are we asking for this? We are seeking to better understand the needs
and requirements of foreign buyers so that we can better tailor our
certification options to your industry. For example, some international
buyers may be fine with our Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS), while others will require the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA)
standard, and others may not require a GFSI benchmarked standard at
all. Knowing what buyers are demanding can help us offer you
certification options that are most appropriate in terms of time, cost
and operational investments.
United Fresh LIVE!
United Fresh Convention & Expo is now going to be held virtually,
with a website for the conference launching June 15, 2020. Registration is free!
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