Agriculture Certification

  • Overview
  • GLOBALG.A.P.
  • PrimusGFS
  • CanadaGAP
  • SQF and BRC
  • FSCS 22000 and IFS
  • Benefits
  • Why Work With NSF?

Many of the world’s largest food retailers, restaurant chains and brands are mandating supplier certification to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) schemes. To help you meet their requirements, NSF offers a wide variety of GFSI benchmarked certifications, including GLOBALG.A.P., PrimusGFS, CanadaGAP, SQF, BRC, IFS, and FSSC 22000.

We are the leading global certifier to GFSI benchmarked standards, offering exceptional technical expertise, consistently calibrated auditors and the capacity for a timely path to certification.

NSF International offers a variety of Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked certifications. For more information, or to get started on certifications, contact us at agriculture@nsf.org or +1.877.893.1325.

GLOBALG.A.P.

NSF provides certification to several GLOBALG.A.P. standards.

GLOBALG.A.P. Produce Safety Standard (PSS) Certification

This certification is ideal for producers supplying U.S. and Canadian retailers who are primarily concerned with the food safety of fresh produce. The certification:

  • Is scalable, serving as a stepping stone to Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) certification
  • Applies to fruits and vegetables for human consumption featured in the GLOBALG.A.P. product list

GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA)

This globally recognized food safety standard covers agricultural businesses such as fresh produce, field crops, livestock production, plant propagation and compound feed manufacture. It improves farm management practices and compliance with legislation in the key areas of food safety, protection of the environment, worker health and safety, and animal welfare. It is also:

  • A Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) standard with food safety requirements recognized by retailers and foodservice buyers worldwide
  • Implemented on more than 100,000 farms in more than 100 countries
  • Well-known, proven and practical to adopt
  • Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as a primary production scheme

PrimusGFS

This scheme is focused on the food safety of fresh or minimally processed products from the agricultural sector which are designated for human consumption. The scheme:

  • Covers the scope of the supply chain, from pre- to post-farm gate production
  • Is a fully recognized audit scheme covering HACCP, both GAP and GMP scopes, and food safety management systems
  • Is Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked

CanadaGAP

NSF is one of only a few organizations accredited to certify to CanadaGAP, a national program consisting of food safety standards and a certification system for the safe production, storage and packing of fresh fruits and vegetables. Several Canadian buyers, including Loblaw Companies Limited, McCain Foods Canada, Simplot Canada and Lamb Weston, are requiring growers to become certified under the CanadaGAP program.

SQF and BRC

Safe Quality Food (SQF)

NSF International is accredited to certify to the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program, a comprehensive HACCP-based food safety and quality management certification system for all sectors of the food industry, from primary production to transport and distribution. SQF certification demonstrates a commitment to quality processes and continual improvement, and enables access to top retailers.

British Retail Consortium (BRC)

Developed by the British Retail Consortium, the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety covers food safety and management of product quality in food packing and processing operations. This certification helps promote consistency across the supply chain for food and ingredient manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors.

FSCS 22000 and IFS

FSCS 22000

Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) is a complete GFSI recognized food safety certification system for food manufacturers, based on the ISO 22000 and PAS 220 standards. NSF is accredited to provide this certification under ISO 17021. This certification is for companies that process or manufacture animal products, perishable vegetable products, products with a long shelf life and other food ingredients like additives, vitamins and bio-cultures.

IFS

NSF is accredited to certify to the International Featured Standard (IFS), a GFSI benchmarked standard for auditing food safety and quality of processes and products of food manufacturers. IFS includes requirements for senior management responsibility, quality and food safety management systems, resource management, production process, measurements, analysis, improvements and food defense.

Benefits

In any country around the globe, trust is one of the most crucial factors in the food supply chain. Give your customers and regulators the assurance they need to know that your products comply with globally recognized certification standards.

Recognized international standards including those benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) tell your customers that your products have passed rigorous food safety standards and you are committed to minimizing environmental impacts, reducing chemical inputs and improving animal welfare.

In addition, these exacting standards help to protect your brand by reducing your risk of food safety incidents and produce recall.

Why Work With NSF?

Since our founding in 1944, NSF International has become the global leader in food safety auditing and certification. We have been focused on protecting public health and safety longer than any other food safety auditing and certification company.

NSF is known around the world as The Most Trusted Name in Food Safety™. Our mark on your certifications adds credibility so your customers and buyers are reassured that your products truly meet the most esteemed food safety standards.

Our credentials demonstrate our commitment to quality and integrity. NSF International was the first North American third-party certifier to become accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to both Safe Quality Food (SQF) and the British Retail Consortium (BRC) standards. In the agriculture sector, we work with farmers and growers around the globe, issuing more than 70,000 certificates per year.

When you choose NSF International, you gain access to the proprietary NSF Online data management system which enables you to access audit reports and certifications whenever you want, wherever you are.

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  • NSF International’s professionalism and expertise have made working with them a smooth, stress-free experience! Their guidance and support have been invaluable and I know I can depend on them for excellent service every time.Pagan Anixa, Food Safety Manager
    Leroy Smith, USA
  • NSF International’s knowledge and attentiveness to the changing food safety environment and our customers’ needs have played an integral part in our ability to stay ahead of GFSI’s complex requirements and keep our customers happy.Stephanie Hilton, Consultant
    Santa Cruz Berry Farming

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