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CanadaGAP® is a food safety program for companies that produce, handle and broker fruits and vegetables. It is recognized by the Canadian government and is designed to assist in the implementation and maintenance of food safety procedures in fresh produce operations.
CanadaGAP certification is given to the process but not to the products and is based on two manuals, one specific for greenhouse production, the other for other fruit and vegetable operations. These manuals are designed so that companies can implement Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and the HACCP program in their operations. The program is also designed so that fresh produce brokers can implement best practices in supplier management and traceability of their products.
BENEFITS OF OBTAINING THE CANADAGAP CERTIFICATION
- Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Recognition - Certification Options B, C D (Repacking and Wholesaling)
- It is recognized by the Canadian Government
- You comply with the standard and its food safety program is continuously maintained
- You have a system of procedures that minimize the risk of product contamination.
Control Union offers the certification to the CanadaGAP program and will inform you about the audit program that corresponds to your operation.
CANADAGAP CERTIFICATION PROCESS
First, complete the application (Enrollment form) directly with CanadaGAP through the link: https://www.canadagap.ca/certification/enrolment-form/ , selecting Control Union as your Certification body.
CanadaGAP will bill you the first annual program fee, you will be billed for this fee annually on the anniversary of your enrollment.
If your operation is enrolled in a four-year audit cycle, CanadaGAP uses your annual program fee to pay certification bodies for the review of self-assessments and random audits.
* CanadaGAP will assign the audit to CUP, if you have selected us as your certification body, and you will need to complete our Application Form and we will send you an agreement with the Contract Terms.
Audit fees will be collected through Control Union.
If you agree with the agreement, return a copy signed by the legal representative. Once this is done, you enter into an agreement with CUP to join one of our certification programs.
Upon receipt of the signed agreement, CUP will plan your inspection.
CUP will conduct a full on-site audit. If non-conformities are found, you must submit corrective actions. The auditor will review and agree to the corrective actions presented.
Based on the results of the audit, the certification committee will conduct a technical review of the report and determine compliance or non-compliance with the CanadaGAP standard. If compliant, a CanadaGAP certificate of conformity will be issued, which will be sent to CanadaGAP along with the audit report.
- MAINTENANCE OF CERTIFICATION:
Every year, after the initial certification, you will need to go through the certification process described above again.
Additionally, the client can receive audits of different types in their operations, such as: follow-up, extension of scope, unannounced audits, random audits, among others.
The normative documents of the CanadaGAP standard can be found at the following link:
Checklists, Corrective action report, Change of status form, self-assessments/self-declarations (options A1 /A2), among others, in the Tools menu:
For more details on the audit and certification process, you can review the following link:
Términos y Condiciones – Control Union Perú SAC (cuperu.com)