The Global Food Safety Initiative has recognized GlobalG.A.P.'s Integrated Farm Assurance program and Produce Safety Standard.

Officials with Baltimore, Md.-based GlobalG.A.P. North America Inc., said the GFSI recognition meets retailer benchmarking expectations in a big way.

“We are very committed to meeting our growers’ supply chain requirements,” Thomas Fenimore, executive vice president for GlobalG.A.P. North America, said in a news release.

He said GlobalG.A.P. offers growers in the U.S. and Canada a range of standards to meet certification needs.

GlobalG.A.P. offers North American fruit and vegetable producers a choice between the Integrated Farm Assurance program, the Produce Safety Standard, and Primary Farm Assurance, according to the release. More information and comparisons between the standards are available here.

GlobalG.A.P. North America plans to add to its food safety programs soon, Jonathan Needham, vice president of operations for GlobalG.A.P., said.

“We look forward to introducing a packinghouse standard in the near future to further augment our product line,” he said in the release.

Needham said the company is committed to reduce audit fatigue in the industry, and supports the Produce G.A.Ps Harmonization Initiative led by the United Fresh Produce Association.

GlobalG.A.P. was the first of the GFSI-benchmarked audit organizations to adopt the Harmonized Standards as their guideline in the U.S., David Gombas, senior vice president of food safety and technology for the Washignton, D.C.-based United Fresh, said in the release.

“We are confident that fresh produce suppliers, and buyers that are requiring their suppliers to be certified to a GFSI-benchmarked standard, will find GlobalG.A.P.’s Produce Safety Standard and Integrated Farm Assuance program to be reasonable and complete food safety standards for good agricultural practices audits,” Gombas said in the release.