CanadaGAP, a preventive programme based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), uses science-based measures to help ensure food safety of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is the first food safety programme in Canada to be benchmarked to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), and we are one of only a few organisations accredited to certify to CanadaGAP.
Several large Canadian retailers and food processors require CanadaGAP certification for their growers.
To become certified, participants must comply with food safety requirements developed by the horticultural industry and reviewed for technical soundness by Canadian government officials. The operation must also undergo and successfully complete on-farm audits.
Minimise Known Food Safety Hazards and Reduce Risk
CanadaGAP certification applies to fresh fruits and vegetables. This includes leafy and cruciferous vegetables, potatoes, bulb and root vegetables, asparagus, sweet corn, legumes, fruiting vegetables, small fruit, tree and vine fruit, and greenhouse production. The standard covers:
- Production: Field and greenhouse activities
- Packing: The first time that harvested products are put in packaging materials
- Storage: Before packing, including standalone storage facilities
- Repacking: Removing packed product from packaging and repacking it into market-ready packaging materials (may include sorting and grading activities)
- Wholesale: Storage and selling of market product
- Brokerage: Arranging the transaction of produce between a supplier and a buyer
Choose From Six Certification Options
Technical requirements are the same for all options. The differences are the number of organisations certifying, the frequency and type of audits, and the level of recognition.
- C: Single certification, annual audit, benchmarked to GFSI
- B: Group certification, annual audits, benchmarked to GFSI, developed based on GLOBALG.A.P.’s group certification scheme
- A1: Single certification, four-year audit cycle (in years 2, 3 and 4, the operator must submit a sworn declaration that the facility continues to comply with CanadaGAP programme requirements, accompanied by a self-assessment checklist that is reviewed by the certification body and a random audit programme)
- A2: Single certification, variable four-year audit cycle (in years 2, 3 and 4, the operator must submit a sworn declaration that the facility continues to comply with CanadaGAP programme requirements)
- D: Single certification, annual audit for repackers, wholesalers and brokers, currently undergoing benchmarking to GFSI