23 March 2016 – Paris, France The Global Food Safety Initiative Board of Directors is pleased to announce the successful benchmarking of a new scope extension. The CanadaGAP scheme, Option D "Repacking and Wholesaling" has been recognised for its equivalence with the GFSI Guidance Document scope D - Pre-Processing and Handling of Plant Products.
This recognition comes upon completion of the benchmarking review, the open stakeholder consultation and approval from the GFSI Board. Special appreciation goes to the GFSI Benchmark Committee led by Vince Craig, Director, MEADOWBRAE TECHNICAL SERVICES Ltd., Michael Freeman, Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, PEPSICO and Vanessa Broadnax, Corporate Brands integrity Manager - Fresh, AHOLD.
“We are very pleased to complete the benchmarking scope extension for CanadaGAP Option D. Many repackers and wholesalers in Canada are eager to pursue this newly GFSI-recognized option. We thank GFSI and the benchmarking team for the thoroughness and efficiency of the scope extension process,” stated Jack Bates, chair of the CanadaGAP Board of Directors.
"We applaud CanadaGAP on the successful completion of this new benchmarking process and the option that it offers to companies looking for food safety management solutions in this part of the supply chain," commented Vince Craig, GFSI Benchmark Committee Leader. "By undergoing GFSI benchmarking, scheme owners such as CanadaGAP illustrate their dedication to furthering harmonisation and continuous improvement in food safety systems around the world."
In addition to this scope extension, CanadaGAP is also recognised for scope D (for primary packing and storage) and scope BI Farming of Plants.
The purpose of GFSI benchmarking is to determine equivalency between existing food safety schemes in order to drive harmonisation, transparency and continuous improvement in food safety systems worldwide.
CanadaGAP is a food safety program consisting of standards and a certification system for the safe production and handling of fresh fruits and vegetables. Two manuals, one specific to greenhouse operations, the second for other fruit and vegetable operations, have been developed by the horticultural industry and reviewed for technical soundness by Canadian government officials. The manuals are designed for companies implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) in their fruit and vegetable production, packing and storage operations; for repackers and wholesalers implementing Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and HACCP programs; and for produce brokers following supplier management and traceability best practices. The manuals are based on a rigorous hazard analysis applying the seven principles of the internationally-recognized HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) approach. CanadaGAP certification options B and C have been recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
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