3,034 producers under certification (IFA, HPSS, PSS)*
7 licensed Farm Assurers*

2018 marked a significant year of development for GLOBALG.A.P.  North America. Supported by the generous time and expertise of many stakeholders, we expanded our product offerings to better serve our stakeholders in the USA, Canada, and beyond.

GFSI-recognized Harmonized Produce Safety Standard  (HPSS) continued to gain traction

Although our holistic Integrated Farm Assurance for Fruit and Vegetables remained  the most popular solution, our GFSI-recognized Harmonized Produce Safety Standard  (HPSS) continued to gain traction as a food safety focused certificate designed by  and for this market.

GLOBALG.A.P. North America led the development of 2 new standards launched in 2018. First, the Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule Add-on (FSMA PSR  Add-on) completes the IFA FV’s coverage of the requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety  Rule, providing an audited certificate to assure importers and other buyers of FSMA  readiness on-farm.

Produce Handling Assurance Standard (PHA) provides FSMA aligned coverage

Second, the Produce Handling Assurance Standard (PHA) provides FSMA aligned coverage to both on-farm and independent pack-houses in North America, as well as open-shed packing operations globally. This new addition allows for an integrated solution with streamlined audits. It includes all GFSI requirements and will undergo benchmarking in the coming year.

Raise awareness of solutions

GLOBALG.A.P. North America staff worked together with certification bodies and Farm Assurers to raise awareness of our solutions at various national and regional trade shows,  including exhibitions at United Fresh Convention, Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit, and Canada Produce Marketing Association Convention. We held 5 training workshops in California, Oregon, and Washington states to expand grower and auditor knowledge of the GLOBALG.A.P. System.

With expanded solutions fit for this market, GLOBALG.A.P. is well positioned for continued growth in North America.

Find more interesting facts in our Annual Report 2018.

Do not hesitate to contact your local consultant:

Rebecca Anderson

Technical Key Account Manager North America
Based in USA

Languages: English, Spanish  rebecca.anderson@globalgap.org

Robin Rose Foster

Key Account Manager North America
Based in USA

Languages: English  foster@globalga p .o r g 

*all dates updated December 2018 - Annual Report 2018