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Virtual Produce GAPs Harmonized Standard Auditor Training


Monday, October 18 (12pm) - Thursday, October 21, 2021 (4pm US/Eastern)
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For over 10 years, the Produce GAPs Harmonized Standard audit program has been popular among small and large growers alike of all produce commodities due to its food safety focus and flexible, risk-based requirements. This training will feature the official training materials developed by the Harmonized Standard Calibration Committee, designed to standardize food safety auditorsí use and expectations of the Harmonized Standard. This training is sponsored by the National Farmers Union.

This training is open to all audit organization members, growers, packers, and other interested parties currently using the Harmonized Standards. Over the course of four, half-days (12-4pm ET) the training will cover the details of what an auditor should expect to see at an operation, how an auditor evaluates an operation based on the evidence they observe, and how evaluations may change based on different scenarios. An optional add-on is included at the end of the fourth day featuring the GLOBALG.A.P. HPSS riders. The course will take place virtually via Zoom, and registrants must attend the full workshop to receive a training certificate.

Information about the Harmonized Standards, including downloadable versions of the Field Operations and Harvesting, Post-harvest Operations, and Combined Standards, is available at https://www.unitedfresh.org/food-safety/gap-harmonization-initiative/.

Trainers for this workshop will include Dr. Emily Griep with United Fresh, Rebecca Anderson with GLOBALG.A.P. Steve Warshawer from MT Agricultural Enterprises, Wesley Kline with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and Jennifer Dougherty, Team Lead, USDA-AMS.



Related Web Pages and Sites:
GAP Harmonization Initiative

Who Should Attend:

Primary: 3rd party auditors who plan to audit to the Harmonized Standards; GLOBALG.A.P. auditors

Secondary: Fresh produce growers who want to operate to the Harmonized Standards, extension and other food safety resources for growers and packers, and anyone else interested in learning about the Harmonized Standards

Registration Fees:

These fees are available through 10/15/2021
Name Price Available To
Member Rate $495.00   United Fresh Members
Non Member Rate $695.00   Non-Members


Cancellation and Other Policies:

Cancellations must be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the start date of the training to be issued a refund, less a $50 cancellation fee. Due to the unique nature and limited size of this course, cancellations made less than two weeks will not be issued a refund. Company substitutions are acceptable.


Sponsors and Sponsorship Information:



For more information please contact:

Katie McGowan
Manager, Food Safety Programs
United Fresh Produce Association
Phone: (202) 303-3402
Fax: (202) 303-3433
Email: kmcgowan@unitedfresh.org