CanadaGAP publishes new manuals for fruit and vegetable safety

The national trade body for fruit and vegetable producers CanadaGAP (good agricultural practices) has released updates to two guidance documents for its members.

These are:

  • The Fruit and Vegetable Manual, Version 6.4
  • The Greenhouse Manual, Version 6.4

For certification purposes CanadaGAP participants must start using the revised documents from 1 April 2016. Both are available as free PDF downloads from the programme’s website.

Among the significant changes introduced are a set of recommended materials for packaging mushrooms, and a prohibition on sourcing from sites that use sewage sludge as a fertiliser. The Ottawa-based project has also updated the checklist used to audit to the manuals.

CanadaGAP is the country’s first safety programme acknowledged by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

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