Food safety manuals for Canadian fruit and vegetable growers have been consolidated and updated.

The Ottawa-based Canadian Horticultural Council CanadaGAP on-farm food safety manuals have been updated for 2012 and have been okayed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, according to a news release from the council.

Five commodity-specific manuals have been combined into one manual, called the Fruit and Vegetable On-Farm Food Safety Manual, according to the release.

The Greenhouse on-farm food safety manual continues to be a standalone module, according to the release.

Combining the five manuals into one made sense, said CanadaGAP National Program Manager Heather Gale in the release.

“At least 90% of the program requirements are the same across all crop groupings, so amalgamation of the manuals has been a natural progression and long-time goal of the CanadaGAP Program and its users,” Gale said in the release.