The Produce GAPs Harmonization Initiative Technical Working Group approves changes to the Field Operations and Harvesting Harmonized Food Safety Standards. The new version of the Harmonized Standards will become obligatory on November 1, 2013. In order to have one audit by any credible third party and acceptable to all buyers, the Initiative developed food safety Good Agricultural Practices standards and audit checklists for pre- and post-harvest operations, applicable to all fresh produce commodities, all sizes of on-farm operations, and all U.S. regions.
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