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Global GAP (™) Certification - GAAS Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Recognized

Global GAP(™) is a GAAS recognized standard.  More importantly, it no longer matters if you are a small or a large producer!  You can get certified and supply the many retailers and large brands all over.

ukbBy partnering with UKB, we can become a component of your process and insure professional and well received audits.  It is time to limit your risk, and gain a competitive edge over your competitors by becoming a top recognized supplier with a Global GAP(™) certification.

UKB Ltd is GLOBAL GAP(™) Licensed Farm Assurer working with GAAS world which enables us to offer technical / expert support to producers and exporters in achieving GLOBAL Good Agricultural Practice certification process and gaining market access entry into International market arena.

Once you have been validated as a member, a link will be sent to you to enable you download a pdf version of the Global GAP(™) documentation.

GLOBALGAP(™) certification connects farmers and brand owners in the production and marketing of safe food to provide reassurance for consumers.The GLOBALGAP(™) Standard sets very strict criteria for Good Agricultural Practices that farmers must comply with if they want to sell their products to major retailers around the world. And retailers rely on GLOBALGAP(™) Certification to ensure that the products they sell to their consumers can be traced back to a certified farm or production facility.

When you go Global, you cannot go back  to local GAP(™) once certified.

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP(™)) & Good Handling Practices (GHP)

Good Agricultural Practices (GAP(™)) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) are voluntary audits that verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored as safely as possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards. GAP(™) & GHP audits verify adherence to the recommendations made in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (pdf) and industry recognized food safety practices.  In 2018, The UKB Audit Program performed audits in 50 Countries including Puerto Rico, and Canada, covering over 90 commodities.

Domestic Origin Verification

AMS is responsible for ensuring all fruit, vegetable, and nut commodities purchased for USDA food assistance outlets are 100 percent grown in the United States.

In order to demonstrate compliance, vendors may choose either: a minimum of one traceback per contract and commodity at each facility, or participate full-time in the Domestic Origin Verification Audit (DOV) program.

DOV Program Updates

Program participants can find a list of the most recent changes to the guidelines and procedures of the USDA Domestic Origin Verification Audit Program on the USDA, AMS Extranet site under Shared Documents, or contact the DOV Program Manager.

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Quality System Assessment Program

The USDA Quality System Assessment (QSA) Program provides companies that supply agricultural products and services the opportunity to assure customers of their ability to provide consistent quality products or services. It is limited to programs or portions of programs where specified product requirements are supported by a documented quality management system. The specified product requirements may be identified by the company or may be those outlined in a USDA Export Verification (EV) Program.

To operate an approved QSA Program, a company must submit a documented program that meets the program requirements outlined in QAD 1002 Procedure. Additionally, the requirements outlined in QAD Guidance #GU7309CCA and QSA/PVP Live Animal Production Record Requirements must be addressed if applicable to the company's program. QAD Guidance #GU7309CCA addresses supplier documentation, records, evaluations, and re-evaluations. The Live Animal Production Record Requirements applies specifically to programs that include age verification as a specified product requirement.

The following approved USDA QSA Programs have been found in conformance with the requirements of the USDA QSA Program and the criteria of the approved quality management system. Approved QSA Programs that meet specified product requirements outlined in the EV Programs are listed on the Official Listings for the EV Programs.

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