Services: Food Safety & LGMA Verification Program

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The ASCO Food Safety verification program uses the Produce GAPs, Harmonization Food Safety Standard (HFSS) and the Leafy Green Marketing Agreement, "Commodity Specific Food Safety Guidelines for The Production and Harvest of Lettuce and Leafy Greens"(LGMA). to assess the farming operations ability to comply with the rigorous requirements for United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) as well as other governing agencies.

The guidance, tools and information necessary to build a comprehensive food safety program are provided to the client in an organized Operating System Plan Manual.

The verification program is an ongoing verification service. The audit is an assessment and verification of the farming operations best management practices, and ability to maintain a comprehensive food safety program. The service includes; annual site inspections, pre-harvest inspections, records audits including trace back and product recall policy verification. Unannounced inspections are performed to confirm continuance of Good Agricultural Practices under this program. Growers enrolled in the ASCO Food Safety Verification Program will be prepared for government agency audits and other third party food safety certification audits as well as compliance to the demands of private contract buyer requirements.