Produce Handling Assurance Standard (PHA)

The new GLOBALG.A.P. Produce Handling Assurance Standard (PHA) covers pre-process production steps after the point of harvest for crops including cooling, packing, re-packing, handling, and storage of produce for human consumption. The PHA may not be used to certify products significantly transformed from the original whole state or foods that are processed.

The GLOBALG.A.P. Produce Handling Assurance Standard:

  • Will be available to all qualified produce packing operations meeting the scope definition in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean.
  • Will be available to produce handling operations worldwide meeting the scope definition that pack and handle produce in an open-shed environment.
  • May be used in conjunction with the IFA Fruit and Vegetable Standard audit to reduce audit redundancy and cost, particularly in cases where a grower is packing their own produce and has previously required two separate audits.
  • Incorporates USA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements from both the Produce Safety Rule and the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule, as appropriate.
  • Will aid operations in identifying FSMA requirements that must be addressed at the farm level
  • Enables generation of audit reports non-conformity summaries, corrective action reports and certificates that can be provided to retailers and other value-chain participants as evidence of an operation’s efforts toward FSMA implementation.  

GLOBALG.A.P. will apply for GFSI recognition for the PHA in 2019. GFSI requires that a new standard be operational for one year before it can apply for benchmarking. GLOBALG.A.P. anticipates GFSI benchmarking of the PHA standard in 2020. In the interim, the GLOBALG.A.P. North America office is in active dialogue with retailers to discuss acceptance of the standard while GFSI benchmarking preparation and review efforts are ongoing. If you have specific questions regarding retailer outreach efforts in support of this standard, please contact Roberta Anderson at

Please contact for more information about this new standard.

GLOBALG.A.P. extends its sincere gratitude to the many people who contributed to the development of this standard!

Focus Group Members:


Donna Lynn Browne - Naturipe Farms LLC

Ximena Gonzalez - Naturipe Farms LLC

Josh Edge - SCS Global Services

Kristie Gilford - Robinson Fresh

Hector Pedraza - Robinson Fresh

Walter Ram - Guiamarra Companies

Jacqui Gordon - Washington State Tree Fruit Association

Amanda May - Wonderful Citrus

Jennifer McEntire - United Fresh Produce Association

Keith Refsnider - Driscoll’s

Matt Regusci - WQS Food Verification

Enrique Urrutia - WQS Food Verification

Gabriela Sandoval - AG Food Safety Solutions

Kelly Jones - AG Food Safety Solutions

Mark Shakespeare - Walmart Inc.


Greg Palmer - Costco Wholesale Canada


Ricardo Adonis - ASOEX FDF

Early Contributors:

Gary Rohman, Farm to Fork, LLC

Steve Jack, Farm Fresh Assurance, Inc.

Astrid Goplen, FOODCHAIN ID

Rob Koch, Apple Leaf

Public Consultation 1:

Carman McKinney: Roy Farms Inc.

Astrid Goplen: FOODCHAIN ID

Ricardo Adonis, ASOEX FDF

Josh Edge: SCS Global Services

Grregory Palmer, Costco Wholesale Canada

Gary Rohman, Farm to Fork, LLC.

Steve Jack, Farm Fresh Assurance, Inc

Jennifer McEntire, United Fresh

Public Consultation 2:

Mariana Mrozek, PAI S.A.

Richard Yudin, University of Florida

Stephan Imbery, Agrochron GmbH

Antonio Restrepo: L & M Companies Inc.

Josh Edge: SCS Global Services

Sara Brinkley, Peri & Sons Farms, Nevada Fresh Pak

Trial Audits:


SCS Global Services



Pablo Elliott

Josh Edge

Rob Koch

Rebecca Anderson

Participating Facilities

Quail H Farms LLC, Sweet potatoes, with Gabriela Sandoval, Darren Barfield

Mininger Farms, Sweet potatoes, with Gabriela Sandoval, Bernardo Garcia M.B.A.

Bailey Farms, Peppers, Tomatillo, Squash, with Patty Sanchez

Peri & Sons Farms, Nevada Fresh Pak, Onions with Sara Brinkley

Harvest Queen, Onions

Rogers Orchards, Apples, Pears and Stone Fruit (Peaches)



PHA Informational Webinar for Public, 10 January 2019 - Recording (1 hour)

PHA Documents

PHA Flyer (221 KB)  Spanish version (220 kB)