HARPS, fresh food safety certification
Some growers are unaware of the new food safety scheme for domestic fresh produce “HARPS” (Harmonised Australian Retail Produce Scheme). HARPS is a retailer-led scheme designed to assist with compliance with food safety, legal and trade legislation in Australia. It works in concert with Hazzard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and certification schemes such as Freshcare, GlobalG.A.P (Good Agricultural Practices), BRC Global Standards and Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI). The project has been funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd using across-industry levies and funds from the Australian Government.
In the past producers who supplied multiple different retail chains had to provide certification through multiple schemes. HARPS links in with participating standards and systems allowing growers and packers to complete a single audit (in two parts) against a single standard.
Application for certification is open to all fresh produce businesses that undertake the following activities growing, packing and distributors/brokers/agents. The project has been supported by ALDI, Coles Supermarkets, Costco, Metcash (IGA), Woolworths, as well as the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC).
The HARPS team have recently been touring Australia to provide information and awareness sessions to industry groups, including a recent session at the NT Farmers office in Coolalinga. If you were unable to attend the session, or, you would like to hear the information again, the presentation is available on their website.
HARPS for domestic fresh produce
Last updated: 18 October 2018