Global Harmonization of Good Agricultural Practices
Building efficiency for growers and retailers through harmonized GAP audits.
Producers and retailers alike agree on the benefit of consistent food safety standards. While production and processing methods will vary for different commodities and regions, Good Agricultural Practices are an underlying prerequisite - no matter where fruits and vegetables are grown. And, audit harmonization can lead to significant cost savings and reduced duplication. In this session attendees will learn about a major program underway to harmonize GAP standards for product grown or sold in the North American market, working together with global partners such as GlobalGAP, GFSI and others.
Dr. D. Gombas (USA - Senior Vice President, Food Safety & Technology, United Fresh Produce Association)
David is Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Technology for United Fresh Produce Association. In that position, David provides food safety, microbiology, regulatory and public policy assistance for the fresh and fresh-cut produce industry. He has numerous publications on food safety, and recently served as co-editor of the Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for the Lettuce and Leafy Greens Supply Chain, and the Food Safety Programs and Auditing Protocol for the Fresh Tomato Supply Chain. David is currently serving as coordinator of the North America Produce GAPs Harmonization Initiative.
IFPS-GS1 Traceability Guidelines in Practice
Experiences with the implementation of IFPS-GS1 Traceability Guidelines in the Product Traceability Initiative.
Working with GS1 Global, IFPS and produce industry representatives build the Global Fruit & Vegetable Traceability Implementation Guide, an extension of the GS1 Global Traceability Standard. Since its creation, industry in various countries have been working to implement GS1 standards for traceability into the produce supply chain. This presentation will provide a quick overview of the fruit & vegetable Guide and examples of implementation in the U.S. and Norway.
J. Proctor (CANADA - VP Canadian Produce Marketing Association )
Jane Proctor has worked in produce traceability for over 10 years and was part of the group which created the GS1 Global Traceability Standard and the GS1 Fruit & Vegetable Traceability Implementation Guide, Chaired the Canadian multi-sectoral traceability initiative, Can-Trace, and currently represents CPMA as a partner in the U.S. based Produce Traceability Initiative.