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Yes! We are proud to announce that CCOF is accredited to provide GLOBALG.A.P. certifications. Visit our Food Safty Services Page for additional information about CCOF's GLOBALG.A.P. certification and how to apply!
GLOBALG.A.P. has different programs to meet the needs of different buyers. Be sure to talk to your buyers to determine which program level 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...
The Global Food Safety Initiative is an international nonprofit umbrella organization that “benchmarks” (deems equivalent) food safety standards. Retailers or buyers that require food safety certification from their suppliers generally require that the certification standard be GFSI benchmarked. The CCOF GLOBALG.A.P. program offers GFSI-...
GLOBALG.A.P. is a stakeholder-driven nonprofit organization based in Germany that sets food safety standards for farmers. There are over 120,000 farms worldwide certified to GLOBALG.A.P. standards.
Many farmers and processors are already being asked to be certified to one of the existing third party food safety standards by retail buyers like Costco or Walmart. We anticipate that the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules will mean more companies will be pursuing food safety assessment and/or certification. Even if law does not require it, assessment and/or...
Because your buyer requires you to have GFSI-benchmarked food safety certification for some or all of your organic crops. CCOF is one of the most trusted names in certification, with over 40 years of commitment to the organic farming community. We seek to provide a cost effective program that will allow organic farmers to succeed as food safety certification becomes increasingly required by the...