Harmonized Produce Safety Harmonized Produce Safety


The GLOBALG.A.P. Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) is a robust food safety standard that includes verbatim the Produce GAP Harmonization Initiative’s Harmonized Standards. Facilitated by the United Fresh Produce Association, the Initiative’s Technical Committee has aligned its Harmonized Standards to the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

  • Designed for fruit and vegetable producers in the US or selling into the US market.
  • Benchmarked by Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and accepted by retailers both in the US and beyond who seek GFSI certified sources.
  • Allows for group certification (Option 2) in the GLOBALG.A.P. system.
  • Aids producers in identifying FSMA requirements that must be addressed at the farm level.
  • Certificates can be provided to importers, retailers, and other value-chain participants as evidence of third-party verified producer’s efforts toward FSMA implementation.
  • New! United Fresh has published the new Food Safety Programs & Auditing Protocol for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain (Tomato Metrics) after comparison with the latest Harmonized standard. The items in the revised Tomato Metrics were greatly reduced compared to previous versions. Those items that remain are either unique to the tomato industry or not currently in the Harmonized Standards. Now, tomato operations may use the Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (or other similar GAP programs, including IFA) as the base food safety protocol combined with the Tomato Metrics as an addendum.  Click here for more information from United Fresh.

The HPSS certificate is not an assurance or guarantee of FSMA compliance, as legal compliance can only be determined by a regulatory authority, such as the United States Food and Drug Administration.