Agriculture Produce

Agriculture: Produce

We provide auditing and certification services to agriculture businesses, farmers and growers worldwide. NSF International companies are the leading certifier for international, national and retailer standards including the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked standards PrimusGFS, GLOBALG.A.P., CanadaGAP and SQF. Regardless of the size of your farm, we can help get your produce to market by offering a comprehensive list of audits.

Our emphasis on auditor calibration, technical consistency and integrity means you can trust the quality and accuracy of our audit reports.

For more information, contact nsfcanada@nsf.org or call 519-821-1246. 

Accredited by ANSI, we are one of few organizations accredited to certify to CanadaGAP, a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-benchmarked food safety program. The standard covers:

  • Production – Field and greenhouse activities, including harvest  
  • Packing – Putting harvested produce into final packaging materials  
  • Storage – Before and after packing, for standalone storage facilities
  • Repacking, wholesale and brokerage

CanadaGAP consists of food safety standards and a certification system for the safe production, storage, and packing of fresh fruits and vegetables including repacking, wholesale and brokerage. To become certified, participants must comply with food safety program requirements that were developed by the horticultural industry and reviewed for technical accuracy and validity by Canadian government officials. The operation must also undergo and successfully complete on-site audits.

Thousands of producers, packers, repackers, wholesalers, and storage facilities have been certified to CanadaGAP since the program launched in 2008. Today, CanadaGAP has become the leading GFSIbenchmarked produce certification for Canadian companies.

At NSF, CanadaGAP certification services are provided by NSF Canada Agricultural Certification Company. To view a current list of companies that have been CanadaGAP-certified by NSF Canada Agricultural Certification Company (NSF Canada Ag), please click here.

GLOBALG.A.P. certifications are some of the most internationall recognized and required food safety standards in the world. These Global Food Safety Institute (GFSI) benchmarked certifications can save you time and money by eliminating audit duplications and providing consistent processes around the world.

NSF is accredited by ANSI to certify producers to GlobalG.A.P., a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)- benchmarked food safety program. Our emphasis on auditor calibration, technical consistency and integrity means you can trust our the quality and accuracy of our audit reports. There’s a GLOBALG.A.P. solution to fit every type of business, from the small local farms to big international operations.

GLOBALG.A.P. services:

  • GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance Certification
  • GLOBALG.A.P. Produce Safety Standard Certification
  • GLOBALG.A.P. Harmonized Produce Safety Standard for the U.S.

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

NSF Food Safety Certification, LLC 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.

The BRC Standard for Food Safety was originally introduced in 1988 for the European Union. With regular updates to reflect current thinking in food safety, the GFSI-recognized certification standard is now utilized and accepted worldwide.

BRC Food Safety Standard Issue 6 came into effective January 1, 2012. This latest version of the code provides more flexibility and choice to companies at various stages in development of their food safety program. For facilities that are just getting started, the Enrolment Program allows recognition of improvements along the path of implementing food safety systems. For organizations with mature food safety programs, the Voluntary Unannounced Programs provide an opportunity to demonstrate to retailers a culture of ‘beyond compliance’ in food safety.

Issue 6 is available for order.

For more information on the British Retail Consortium, visit the BRC website.