GLOBALG.A.P. gains recognition for produce handling assurance
GLOBALG.A.P. has successfully achieved recognition against Global Food Safety Initiative’s Benchmarking Requirements Version 2020.1. The recognition encompasses Produce Handling Assurance certification program.
The PHA certification program is available to on-farm and stand-alone post-harvest handling facilities around the world. It provides food-safety management certification of post-harvest activities, such as cooling, packing, re-packing, handling, and storage of crops for consumption. The PHA certification program incorporates United States Food Safety Modernization Act requirements from both the Produce Safety Rule and the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule, where applicable.
“PHA allows GLOBALG.A.P. to extend exceptional food safety assurance to both field and facility” said Kristian Moeller, managing director at GLOBALG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH and president of GLOBALG.A.P. North America Inc. “We are pleased to now offer PHA as a GFSI benchmarked standard, alongside the Integrated Farm Assurance and Harmonized Produce Safety Standard certification programs for farms.”
"Version 2020.1 is the most robust GFSI Benchmarking Requirements yet, so it's great to see CPOs like GLOBAL.G.A.P. continue to help the food industry raise the bar on food safety," said Giovanna Ordonez, GFSI senior technical manager, The Consumer Goods Forum. "The GFSI Benchmarking Requirements are the most widely recognised in the industry and that's in part thanks to the collaborative nature of our work and the broader GFSI community".