With the introduction of HARPS by the five largest retailers, all growers supplying directly or in-directly into these retailers are required to have Freshcare certification since 1 January 2019.
For many growers, this means moving their existing HACCP certification across to Freshcare. For many, this is a simple process of attending Freshcare v4.1 Training (see our training page for more information), completing their Freshcare manual which has HACCP embedded into its templates, and now having a Freshcare audit instead of a HACCP audit.
For others, the introduction of the HARPS program has enabled some farms and packing sheds to move away from 6 monthly WQAv8 audits to a yearly Freshcare or combined Freshcare and HARPS audit.
Other larger farms have retained their SQF or Global GAP certification and then combined this with their HARPS audit, if they are considered a Tier 1 or Tier 2 facility. SQF can apply to both farm and packing shed. GlobalGAP, which is often required for export, is for farm only.
QMS Audits offers packing sheds a consulting service to assist clients undergoing Freshcare, SQF, GlobalGAP or HARPS certification. We are able to put together a concise and streamlined quality manual. For more details regarding requirements by Woolworths, Coles, Costco, Aldi and Metcash/IGA or for assistance, please give us a call on 1300 404 505.