The GLOBALG.A.P. Produce Handling Assurance (PHA) Standard is now available, providing an integrated certification option to grower-packers such as Peri & Sons Farms in Yerington, Nevada, USA. Peri & Sons Farms has been growing, packing and shipping premium onions from their farm for four generations. Food safety is at the forefront of their farming business. Their Director of Food Safety, Sara Brinkley, manages GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) certification for their farming operations. Until now, she has not had a GLOBALG.A.P. solution for certifying the packing operations too. She learned about the PHA Standard from the certification body SCS Global Services, who expressed it might be a better fit for their onion packing house operations than the standard they were currently using. Sara led Peri & Sons in a trial audit of the new PHA Standard and shared her first-hand experience of its application on the ground. “We are interested in decreasing audit fatigue on our facility and auditing personnel. We too feel the detailed scheme is a better fit for or packinghouse,” said Sara. “It seemed to drill down on the nuts and bolts of the operation a little better.”
GLOBALG.A.P. PHA covers pre-process production steps after the point of harvest for crops including cooling, packing, re-packing, handling, and storage of produce for human consumption. The PHA Standard may not be used to certify products significantly transformed from the original whole state or foods that are processed.
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