The PrimusGFS website offers numerous guides and tools including documentation & checklist templates.
Azzule is an on-line data management system contracted with PrimusGFS to help you more efficiently track your progress and proactively work on corrective actions.
GFSI stands for Global Food Safety Initiative, a global food industry organization that has created and implemented a food safety bench marking framework.
Certification bodies are required to have a standard operating procedure addressing appeals, complaints, and disputes as part of their accreditation requirements. Please feel free to contact AFSS and request a copy of this procedure and any associated forms.
An FSC, or food sector category, is a food industry classification established by SQF. Determine your company’s classification by viewing the listing of SQF Food Sector Categories. Click Here to view the SQF PDF.
Due to the growing demand for SQF certification, please be prepared to schedule a consultation at least 3-4 months in advance.
There are several costs associated with becoming SQF certified, including registration with the SQF database, the certification audit, and SQF Practitioner training (optional). Fees vary somewhat depending on the extent of your operations. Contact us here at AFSS to discuss pricing details.
The Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS) focuses on the food safety and traceability elements of the IFA standard. This standard is a subset of the IFA standard that was developed for the North American market where the demand for compliance with the Food Safety elements of the IFA standard has priority above the non-food safety components. HPSS is a GFSI-recognized scheme, and allows you to upgrade to IFA if you require additional criteria or decide to export your produce abroad.
Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) is a comprehensive certification recognized by retailers globally. IFA emphasizes a holistic approach to farm certification and covers food safety, environment (including biodiversity), worker’s operational health and safety, and traceability. The Fruits & Vegetables Standard covers all stages of production, from pre-harvest activities such as soil management and plant protection product application to post-harvest produce handling, packing and storing. The Combinable Crops Standard covers propagation material, machinery and equipment, crop protection, harvesting, and harvest crop handling.
IFA certification allows producers greater access to both international and domestic markets. The IFA Standard is globally recognized by retailers and food service in more than 100 countries.
GLOBALG.A.P. is a pre-farm-gate standard, which means that the certificate covers the process of the certified product from farm inputs like feed or seedlings and all the farming activities until the product leaves the farm. GLOBALG.A.P. is a business-to-business label and is therefore not directly visible to consumers. Existing national or regional farm assurance schemes that have successfully completed their benchmarking process are recognized as an equivalent to GLOBALG.A.P.
Your completed audit reports and certificates are emailed to you and to any shippers named in your audit application. These emails can then be forwarded to your customers. However, since PrimusGFS reports are stored on a database, we would recommend sending your audit information via the Azzule Supply Chain Program (ASCP) utilizing database-to-database communication.
SQF is the only GFSI-recognized standard that incorporates a QUALITY certification component. SQF is also the only program, recognized by GFSI that is headquartered outside of Europe. SQF improves process management by helping to proactively identify and manage risk so as to avoid stock recoveries, market withdrawals and rework.
GLOBAL G.A.P. is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe. Formerly known as EUREPGAP, GLOBALG.A.P. has established itself as a key reference for Good Agricultural Practice (G.A.P.) in the global marketplace, by translating consumer requirements into agricultural production in a rapidly growing list of countries (currently more than 100) on every continent.