Intl. Fresh Produce Assoc. (IFPA)
The International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) exists to bring our industry together to create a vibrant future for all. We have a fresh outlook on fresh produce, believing it can help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. We are the largest and most diverse international association serving the entire fresh produce supply chain, and the only to seamlessly integrate world-facing advocacy and industry-facing support.
In June 2009, the former United Fresh Food Safety Council endorsed a plan to drive harmonization of GAP standards, to reduce audit fatigue and allow operations to focus their food safety resources on achieving food safety, rather than passing audits. This plan evolved into the Produce GAP Harmonization Initiative, an all-industry effort including growers, shippers, produce buyers, government agencies, audit organizations and other stakeholders.
The goal of the harmonized standard is “One audit by any credible third party, acceptable to all buyers.” To achieve this goal, the Initiative developed food safety Good Agricultural Practices standards and audit checklists for pre-harvest and post-harvest operations, applicable to all fresh produce commodities, all sizes of on-farm operations and all regions in the U.S.
CCI will certify your farm and facility to the Harmonized Standard!