Market Access Certification and Inspection

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a non-profit foundation developed in Belgium in 2000, for the purposes of unifying and benchmarking food safety standards. Major retailers often require the standards that meet the GFSI benchmarking requirements as evidence of food safety practices implemented by their suppliers.

Benefits of GFSI certifi​cation

Third party certifications provide customers confidence in the claims made about a product. In the case of GFSI audits, buyers can be assured that the products they are purchasing come from a farm or facility with comprehensive food safety practices in place. Most major retailers have specific certifications they require of their suppliers. Contact your buyers for their requirements or contact the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) Commodity Inspection Program for assistance.

Certifications av​ailable

GlobalG.A.P. (Integrated Farm Ass​urance)

  • Appropriate for individual producers (Option 1) or grower groups (Option 2)
  • Can include field packing and produce handling components
  • Can include a quality management system component
  • Criteria and checklists are available for
    • Integrated farm assurance
    • All farm base
    • Crops base
    • Fruit and vegetable base
  • ​​Producers requiring GlobalG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance certification will be audited against all farm base, crops base, and fruit and vegetables base

PrimusGFS

  • One audit can encompass both farm and processing operations
  • Most similar to USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits in criteria and scoring
  • Criteria and checklists are available for
    • Food Safety Management System (FSMS)
    • Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
    • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
    • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
    • Questions and expectations
  • ​Producers will be audited against the FSMS and GAP modules
  • Processors will be audited against the FSMS, GMP, and HACCP modules

Applicati​on process

  • Email ODA the completed interest form with all anticipated audit services selected
  • ODA will send the necessary application forms
  • Initiate this process at least four weeks prior to your expected audit date

It is advisable to become familiar with buyer certification requirements (if applicable), then determine the auditing standards, and prepare your operation. Plan a year in advance; however, the actual time needed may vary based on the infrastructure of the food safety program already in place on the farm or in the facility.

In order to meet industry demand for food safety certifications, ODA has partnered with BSI Food Services, Inc. to provide GFSI-benchmarked audits. ODA auditing and inspection services can be bundled as a cost-saving measure.

Fees

  • $300 certification fee, per certificate or per site (if sites are on separate certificates)
  • Annual fee varies by standard, payable to NCSI Americas, Inc.
  • $92 per audit hour (4 hours minimum) includes administrative time, review time, inspection, and travel time.
  • Any travel costs required for your inspection, billed at rates established by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services. These include mileage, lodging, and per diem.​

​​Resources

GFSI Certification Services Interest Form

Document

Global Food Safety Initiative website

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GlobalG.A.P. website

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PrimusGFS website

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WQS Website

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