United Fresh Global Food Safety Conference 24 April 2009

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United Fresh Global Food Safety Conference 24 April 2009

  1. 1. Comparing Canada’s Food Safety Programs in the Fresh Produce Sector with Programs Available in Exporting Countries<br />Global Conference on Produce Food Safety Standards<br />Las Vegas, Nevada<br />24 April 2009<br />Albert Chambers<br />Monachus Consulting<br />
  2. 2. MonachusConsulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />Presentation Outline<br />Introduction<br />Brief Description of Canadian Programs<br />Comparison Project <br />Description<br />Findings<br />Conclusions<br />Ongoing Activities<br />
  3. 3. MonachusConsulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />Introduction <br />Presenting on behalf Canadian Produce Marketing Association- over 670 international & Canadian members … responsible for 90% of the fresh fruit & vegetable sales in Canada <br />And the International Federation for Produce Standards - an international forum to address issues which require international harmonization or standardization for the produce sector<br />
  4. 4. MonachusConsulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />Canadian Produce Food Safety Programs<br />Programs<br />On-farm Food Safety Program developed by Canadian Horticultural Council for growers, packers & storage intermediaries<br />Repack/Wholesale Food Safety Program developed by Canadian Produce Marketing Association<br />Design Characteristics<br />HACCP-based food safety requirements<br />National programs<br />3rd Party conformity assessment<br />Government recognized<br />GFSI or GFSI & GlobalGAP benchmarked<br />
  5. 5. HACCP can’t be done on farm, or can it?<br /><ul><li>HACCP Program
  6. 6. Site/farm specific application of Codex HACCP approach using a full hazard analysis (biological, chemical & physical) to identify all control measures (prerequisites & CCPs) needed to produce safe food
  7. 7. Or, HACCP-based Program
  8. 8. Where the hazard analysis is generic (i.e. covers all producers or users in a given sector) and results in a list of commonly accepted hazards (biological, chemical & physical) and related controls that are then translated into a series of GAPs (or GHPs) & CCPs to which users shall adhere. (Canadian definition)</li></ul>Monachus Consulting <br />Assisting Canada’s Agri-food Industry to Adapt and Prosper<br />
  9. 9. Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />2007/8 Joint Comparison Project - Participants<br />
  10. 10. Joint Comparison Project - Objectives<br />Compare Canadian fresh produce food safety programs with those of other countries.<br />Enable the industry to determine how its food safety programs could be accepted internationally; <br />Provide a basis for Canadian stakeholders (wholesalers, retailers & food service distributors) to assess the acceptability/ equivalence of programs available in other countries.<br />Work done in 2007 with some additional comparisons in early 2008<br />Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />
  11. 11. Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />Joint Comparison Project - Outputs<br />Environmental scan of fresh produce food safety programs: farm/packer/storage intermediary & repacker/wholesaler<br />Comparison criteria<br />Comparison of CHC on-farm (CanadaGAP)& CPMA repack/wholesale (RWFS) programs with other programs to establish commonalities & differences <br />Comparison of government recognition & private benchmarking schemes<br />Final report providing comparisons, conclusions & recommendations. <br />
  12. 12. Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />Joint Comparison Project - Methodology<br />Steering committee identified key exporting countries<br />Extensive Internet & Literature search<br />Documents used in comparisons <br />Generic HACCP model<br />Program requirements ( the standard)<br />Audit checklist<br />General scheme requirements for certification, etc<br />
  13. 13. Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />Comparison Criteria - 1<br />General characteristics:<br />ownership<br />commodity scope (fresh produce, integrated)<br />chain scope (grower/packer/storage/repacker/ wholesaler)<br />content scope (food safety, environmental, etc)<br />geographic reach (national, international)<br />participation ( # of participants, certificates)<br />recognition (government &/or customers)<br />other factors (infrastructure sharing)<br />
  14. 14. Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />Comparison Criteria - 2<br />Program/Food Safety content<br />HACCP or HACCP-based or “sewn together”<br />Relationship to Codex Alimentarius principles, guidelines<br />CCPs (if any) identified<br />Detailed analysis of GAPs or GMPs against either the CHC or CPMA programs<br />Record keeping requirements<br />
  15. 15. Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />Comparison Criteria - 3<br />Conformity assessment:<br />Certification body requirements (including accreditation)<br />Audit attributes (frequency, duration, use of random/ unannounced audits, etc)<br />Audit scoring approach<br />Auditor competency/qualifications, training requirements, etc<br />
  16. 16. Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />Comparison Output<br />Three types of comparison: <br />Described (i.e. programs for which limited information can be accessed) – Result: summary of available information with source details<br />Benchmarked (i.e. programs determined by GlobalGAPor GFSI to be equivalent) – Result: short description<br />Compared (i.e. access to hazard analysis &/or detailed requirements) – Result: 10-25 page fact sheet rolled up into Final Report tables on content & conformity assessment<br />
  17. 17. Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />Programs - Described<br />Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru <br />Africa: Ghana, Kenya <br />Asia - China, India, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam<br />If we looked again 2009 – we would find many more programs<br />
  18. 18. Farm/Packer/Storage Programs Compared<br />Canadian (2)<br />CHC potatoes <br />CHC greenhouse<br />United States (6)<br />USDA Fresh Produce <br />California Leafy Greens <br />PrimusLabs Ranch<br />PrimusLabs Greenhouse<br />Davis Fresh ProCert<br />SQF 1000<br />International (5)<br />GlobalGAP (fruits & vegetables) <br />ChileGAP<br />NewZealandGAP<br />FreshCare (Australia)<br />PPECB (South Africa)<br />Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />
  19. 19. Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />Repack/Wholesale Programs Compared<br />Canadian (1)<br />CPMA Repacking & Wholesale <br />United States (4)<br />PrimusLabs.com Packinghouse<br />Davis Fresh Packing Facility<br />Scientific Certification GMP Packing Facility<br />AIB Produce & Fruit Packinghouse<br />International (2)<br />PPECB Off-Farm Produce Handling (South Africa)<br />QS (Germany)<br />
  20. 20. Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />Final Report<br />Individual comparisons are “rolled up” using tables & symbols to facilitate comparing key elements:<br />Comparable to Canadian program ●●<br />Missing key requirements ●<br />Has additional requirements ●●●<br />Requirement not mentioned ▬<br />Note is made of requirements with “record keeping” (R)<br />Report available at: www.cpma.ca/pdf/FoodSafety/JFSCP_May_2008_ENG.pdf<br />
  21. 21. Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />CHC/US - Example<br />
  22. 22. Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />CHC/International Example<br />
  23. 23. Monachus Consulting<br />CPMA Webinar – 12 November 2008<br />CPMA/US Example<br />
  24. 24. Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />Conclusions (1)<br />1. Programs in fresh produce sector are rapidly evolving in response to global buyer demand<br />2. Rigorously applied HACCP-based approach generates comparable programs <br />CHC & CPMA Programs are currently comparable or more comprehensive<br />Programs that do not use HACCP-based approach have deficiencies that reflect their underlying objectives (e.g. focus on biological hazards)<br />3. Trend in conformity assessment is to accredited 3rd party certification bodies<br />The Canadian programs are implementing this approach<br /> US Programs use a variety of certification approaches (government staff, 3rd Party auditors, etc)<br />
  25. 25. Conclusions (2)<br />4. Audit Approaches vary:<br /> Annual audits predominate<br /> Some schemes permit a group or multi-site certification<br /> Risk based frequencies are being introduced<br />5. Private Benchmarking & Government Recognition schemes<br /> Have similar characteristics <br /> Appear to provide similar results <br /> Benchmarking could be used as a proxy for full comparisons<br />6. Comparison template provided demonstrated value to all segments of the supply chain, particularly retailers.<br />Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />
  26. 26. Conclusions (3)<br />7. Good comparisons require detailed program information (e.g. generic model, auditable requirements & conformity assessment scheme)<br />8. The Joint Comparison Project is the largest fresh produce program review to date<br />9. Competitive intelligence monitoring & “best practice adoption” are an essential part of the global fresh produce industry’s future – Joint Comparison Project needs updating & deepening<br />Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />
  27. 27. On-going Activities (1)<br />United Fresh Produce Association<br />Using report as part of broader assessment of US schemes<br />International Federation for Produce Standards<br />Members: Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Norway<br />Using report as a reference document for discussions of harmonization of fresh produce food safety standards<br />Engaging other stakeholders (e.g. GFSI) in discussions about harmonization of fresh produce standards<br />Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />
  28. 28. On-going Activities (2)<br />Canadian Stakeholders<br />Reference document for assessing foreign schemes<br />Basis for discussions on customer requirements & recognition of CHC & CPMA Food Safety Programs<br />CHC launched its program – now CanadaGAP - in September 2008 <br />Major retailer – Loblaws: <br />Requesting CHC program (or GlobalGAP/GFSI) of Canadian & other suppliers for 2009<br />Requesting CPMA RWFS program or equivalent<br />CPMA board – Meets in May 2009 to consider plan to launch its audit/certification scheme<br />Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />
  29. 29. Thank you to the United Fresh Produce Association for the invitation and to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association for its support<br />Albert Chambers<br />Monachus Consulting<br />afchambers@monachus.com<br />Monachus Consulting<br />United Fresh Conference – 24 April 2009<br />

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