The Canadian Horticultural Council’s CanadaGAP program has announced that the Bureau de normalisation du Québec is a new certification body for participants.

The Bureau de normalisation du Québec, referred to as BNQ, joins QMI-SAI Global and the Guelph Food Technology Centre on the approved list of available certification bodies for CanadaGAP, according to a news release from the Ottawa-based council.

The CHC licenses third-party certification bodies to provide audit and certification services for growers and packers of fresh produce enrolled in the program, according to the news release.

Participants must meet food safety standards in the program and complete on-farm audits to become CanadaGAP certified. Currently, Loblaw Cos. Ltd., McCain Foods Canada, Simplot Canada and Lamb-Weston all require that growers become certified under the CanadaGAP program, the release said.

Industry members who sign up for CanadaGAP are asked to state their preference for one of the three certification groups, the release said. Operators already in the program will be contacted by the council to confirm their selection for a certification body before their next audit.

More information about the program can be found at the CanadaGAP website.