CanadaGAP, an on-farm food safety program for producers, packers and storage intermediaries of horticultural crops, has successfully completed a rigorous government technical review process, reports FreshPlaza.com.
A team of technical experts from the federal and provincial governments has officially endorsed the program.
The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) created CanadaGAP, which was known as On-Farm Food Safety when it was first launched.
The idea came from CHC members’ desire to respond to market demands to demonstrate producer and packer vigilance about food safety.
The program is designed to help users implement effective food safety procedures in their operations. Six crop-specific manuals, developed by the horticultural industry and reviewed for technical soundness by Canadian government officials, are designed for growers and packers implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs).
The manuals are based on the seven basic principles of HACCP. And the program is administered and maintained by the CHC, with audit and certification services delivered by an accredited Certification Body.