The Crops for Processing (CfP) standard is a farm assurance standard for plants and crops that are to be further processed in the supply chain, for example by cooking, freezing, juicing, etc. GLOBALG.A.P. developed the CfP standard in response to the demand for a simple, farm-level food safety standard which eliminates the duplication of certification steps by the producer and the processor.
The CfP standard is able to offer this by being implemented at farm level, but also integrating action taken by processors at agreed control points.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The CfP standard is suitable for any producer who produces crops solely for processing, i.e., none of whose produce is destined for fresh consumption. Among other examples, processing can include canning, freezing, milling, fermenting, etc.
Examples of processed crops include:
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Fruit and vegetable juices
- Dehydrated, fermented and/or frozen fruits and vegetables
- Cooking oil, e.g., olive oil, sunflower oil
- Potatoes in the form of, e.g., potato chips, starch
- Salsa, e.g., tomato puree, ketchup
HOW DOES IT WORK?
CfP certification is very similar to IFA certification for crops, with the exception of two areas: CfP uses a risk-based approach to food safety and has different inspection and audit rules.
Here is an example breakdown of the control points of the CfP standard under the Fruit and Vegetables sub-scope. The breakdown of control points may vary for other scopes or sub-scopes.
As processors and manufacturers are already held to strict standards (IFS, BRC, FSSC,), certain obligations and control points which would usually be managed at producer level can instead be managed by the processor. A contract between the producer and the processor establishes the rights and obligations of each party. As part of this contract, the processor takes steps necessary to mitigate food safety risks. This can include pathogen eradication (through pasteurization, freezing, etc.), residue testing, or water analysis.
Insprection and auditing rules
The CfP standard also differs from the IFA standard in that it is a non-accredited standard. In the first year, and then regularly every three years, producers are inspected (and audited) by a GLOBALG.A.P. approved certification body according to the control points. In the intervening years, the producers perform either self-assessments (Option 1) or internal inspections and QMS audits (Option 2).
The inspections or audits are carried out at a lower cost to the producer compared to GLOBALG.A.P.’S IFA standard.
Sub-scopes for Crops for Processing standard include:
FRUITS & VEGETABLES
What are the advantages of the CfP standard for processors, manufacturers, & retailers?
By requesting or sourcing crops from CfP certified production processes, those further on in the supply chain can ensure they are working tangibly to provide sustainably sourced processed goods. In a market which is seeing increasing demand for sustainable products, the CfP standard can help you fulfil those demands.
For some control points, responsibility can be passed from the producer to the processor. In such cases, it is possible that the processor is already fulfilling the criteria of the CfP standard due to requirements from other standards or laws (e.g., IFS, BRC). This means there is no further action required by you. Any further effort or cost is covered by producer.
The CfP standard is a third-party certification which adds integrity to your supply chain (instead of second-party certification) and also has the potential to reduce effort and costs on behalf of retailers/manufacturers.
In short, the CfP standard helps processors, manufacturers, and retailers boost sustainability and transparency claims with minimal extra effort or cost.
What are the advantages of the CfP standard for producers/suppliers?
For farms producing crops intended solely for processing, the CfP standard is the best GLOBALG.A.P. farm assurance standard in terms of effort and cost.
Responsibility for some control points can be passed down the supply chain to the processor, resulting in fewer producer-managed control points.
The CfP standard is a cost-effective farm assurance standard which can provide evidence of sustainable production methods – a topic which is becoming ever more important to your customers. CfP certification can help you stand out in a saturated market.
The CfP standard is applicable to all farm sizes – including smallholders.
The CfP standard is available globally; based on network of GLOBALG.A.P. approved certification bodies and auditors.
In short, the CfP standard is a competitive, holistic option for farms which produce 100% for processing and wish to demonstrate sustainability.
CROPS FOR PROCESSING