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GFSI is opening a new public consultation as part of the benchmarking assessment of the Freshcare Food Safety & Quality Standard – Edition 4.1 (FSQ4.1) 1 July 2019; we are inviting you to review our assessment of this programme and share your comments and questions with us.


Freshcare, Australia’s largest and most widely-adopted fresh produce assurance programme, is at the forefront of domestic and international food safety compliance, underpinning confidence in the safety and quality of Australian fresh produce from paddock to plate. Freshcare was developed by the fresh produce industry, in response to the need for a practical, cost effective, industry-focused food safety programme.


Based on GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) and HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) principles, Freshcare is designed to allow it to be implemented by all grower businesses, regardless of crops, size of operation or location in Australia.


Freshcare provides science-based, practical, prescriptive standards, supported by user-friendly resources and a required training component, to ensure they are consistently delivered to industry. The Freshcare Standards undergo regular reviews to ensure that the most current science is incorporated, the Standards remains practical and relevant for industry and to comply with the requirements of its many users, including growers, packers, processing, supply chain, retail and export market sectors.


It is important that Freshcare achieves and maintains recognition against GFSI’s Benchmarking Requirements to demonstrate that Freshcare’s food safety systems are aligned with world’s best practices, which is another boost in confidence for Australian fresh produce.


Why a Consultation?

Open public consultations are an important step in our GFSI Benchmarking Process to ensure transparency and objectivity. They are conducted after the desktop self-assessment review and the office visit led by an independent benchmark leader.


Please note that this Consultation is now closed. Be sure to subscribe to GFSI News to be notified of any upcoming Consultations.

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