Food Safety Service Fees

CCOF is committed to maintaining stable certification fees and being completely transparent about the costs of certification. Please check out the CCOF GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Program Manual and call us for a quote (831) 423-2263.

Low Annual Food Safety Service Fees

Annual fees for this program are on a sliding scale based on acreage. Please see below:

Acres in Production Annual Fee
1-6 $250
7-200* $400
201-500 $550
501-2,000 $750
2,001-6,500 $1,000
6,501-12,000 $1,750
≥ 12,001 $3,500

*Greenhouses are billed annually at $400.00

This fee must be paid prior to your initial or annual inspection.

Consultant Discount

Setting up a food safety program is a difficult undertaking for farmers new to food safety.  CCOF offers a 50% reduction in annual fees for the first year to farmers with 200 acres or less who work with a consultant to prepare for their initial inspection. Please notify CCOF if you would like to apply for this discount and submit evidence with your application that a consultant has assisted with developing your food safety plan and conducting the required GLOBALG.A.P. self-assessment.

CCOF provides a list of agricultural consultants and food safety advisors for the organic industry.

Highly Competitive Inspection Costs

CCOF maximizes our efficiencies to keep food safety inspection costs highly competitive. Low inspection rates are based on ½ day minimum - small operations typically having ½ day inspections can receive GFSI certification for as little as $1000! And remember that CCOF has very flexible payment terms.

The inspection costs vary from year to year and are based on the size and complexity of the operation and whether the operation maintains a Quality Management System (QMS). The costs for inspections are billed on a time and materials basis upon completion of the inspection.

Inspection Billing

Option 1 (single or multisite without QMS): Inspections are billed a minimum of 1 half day ($500), plus $125 per hour after the half day minimum.

Option 1 or 2 (with QMS): Inspections are billed a minimum of 1 half day ($750), plus $200 per hour after the half day minimum.

All Producers: Travel time is billed at $44 per hour, with the first 4 hours free. Other billed expenses include travel expenses: airfare, mileage, food, lodging, etc.

For an estimation of costs, call us at (831) 423-2263.

Additional Service Costs 

See the CCOF Certification Services Program Manual for a detailed breakdown of costs for specific services.