Food Safety Services

Food safety by and for organic.

Want to produce safe, organic produce while still protecting the environment? Are your buyers requiring a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked food safety certification, or requesting third party audit reports prior to approving a sale? Do you need to get your organic farm in compliance for the coming Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements? If so, we can help you get there. CCOF brings our certification expertise, service, integrity, and innovation to field-level food safety. CCOF’s GLOBALG.A.P. certification and assessments have multiple programs to meet the needs of different buyers. We anticipate the implementation of FSMA rules may require assessment and/or certification in order to sell product to retailers. 

Talk to your buyers to determine which program you need!

Food Safety Certifications and Assessments:

  • IFA: Integrated Farm Assurance – GFSI benchmarked certification. Top-level program. Important for exports. Includes food safety, traceability, environmental welfare, and worker welfare.
  • PSS: Produce Safety Standard – GFSI benchmarked certification, but includes ONLY food safety standards. Subset of IFA above. Great for producers selling to larger regional and national retailers.
  • localg.a.p. North America – Assessment only; not a certification and not GFSI benchmarked. Simplified standard with basic/foundation and intermediate levels. A stepping stone to full IFA or PSS certification. Provides producers with an audit report for buyers to review and aides in developing a solid food safety plan.
  • Coming Soon! HPSS: Harmonized Produce Safety Standard – GFSI benchmark. Incorporates United Fresh’s Harmonized Standards and will replace the PSS above.

For more information about eligibility, program benefits, and requirements, review the CCOF GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Program Manual.

Start the application process today or contact us to explore your needs.

Producing safe food is a priority for organic and conventional producers alike. To help our members stay acquainted with issues that may affect them, we monitor food safety laws and regulations, comment on them, and provide regular updates. Learn more about food safety regulations and our work in this area.

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