A new CanadaGAP certification option will be available April 1 for companies that repack and wholesale fresh fruits and vegetables.

Called Option D, the food safety certification program entails an annual on-site audit by a CanadaGAP-licensed certification body, according to a news release.

The requirements of the audit are based on the Repacking and Wholesale Food Safety Program developed by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association, and the program was technically reviewed and OK’d by federal and provincial governments.

“CanadaGAP certification for the repacking and wholesale segment of the supply chain has been long-awaited, and will improve consistency and harmonization of food safety practices across our sector,” Tom Byttynen, past chair of the CanadaGAP Board and chief executive officer of Thomas Fresh Inc., a Calgary-based produce distribution and repacking company, said in the release.

Firms interested in enrolling in Option D can download the CanadaGAP program enrolment form at www.canadagap.ca.

To be certified under Option D, repacking and wholesale operations must develop and maintain a site-specific HACCP plan, according to the release. A generic HACCP model is available from CanadaGAP as is guidance on creating a HACCP Plan. The CanadaGAP website at provides more information. Questions about the program can be directed to info@canadagap.ca.