Supply chain welcomes standards

SUNRAYSIA fruit growers need to be approved by a retailer-led scheme if they wish to supply supermarkets.

Since January 1, direct suppliers such as pack houses have to be accredited to the Harmonised Australian Retailer Produce Scheme (HARPS), a scheme designed to simplify audits and comply with global food safety upgrades.

To be HARPS approved, these suppliers require growers to undergo a Food Safety and Quality audit during their harvest period, and be approved to one of three base schemes – Freshcare, Global GAP, Safe Quality Food (SQF).

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