CanadaGAP, the Ottawa-based national food safety certification program for fresh fruit and vegetable operations said in a May 3 release that SGS joins QMI-SAI Global, NSF-GFTC and Bureau de normalisation du Québec as available certification bodies for CanadaGAP.
“SGS is pleased and excited to partner with CanadaGAP,” James Cuff, business manager for SGS Canada Inc., said in the release. “We welcome the opportunity of providing quality audit services to producers and packers across Canada.”
CanadaGAP licenses third-party certification bodies to provide audit and certification services for fresh fruit and vegetable operations in the program, according to the release. Participants must comply with the standards of CanadaGAP and complete on-site audits to become certified, according to the release. Buyers that require CanadaGAP certification by their suppliers include Loblaw Companies Limited, McCain Foods Canada, Simplot Canada and Lamb-Weston, according to the release.
New participants to CanadaGAP can chose their preferred certification body on the program enrolment form, according to the release.
Information about enrolling in CanadaGAP and about the certification bodies providing services is provided online at www.canadagap.ca.