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CCOF GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Program Application

This application includes basic business information and a contract indicating your intent to obtain GLOBALG.A.P. certification from CCOF.

Food Safety Services for Organic Farms

Learn about the field-level food safety services that CCOF has to offer!

GLOBALG.A.P. General Regulations Part I - General Rules

This manual describes the certification regulations for certification to the GLOBALG.A.P. standard. Version 5.0-1_July 2015

GLOBALG.A.P. Program Manual

This manual describes the standards that apply to operations joining CCOF’s GLOBALG.A.P. program.

Is CCOF approved to do food safety certification?

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!

What are my options for food safety certification? Is there only one standard for farms?

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:

What/Who is GFSI and why does it matter?

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-benchmarked standards and should be accepted by your buyer(s).

What/Who is GLOBALG.A.P.?

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.

Why is CCOF offering food safety certification at all?

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 certification may be required in order for farmers and processors to be able to sell their product!

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