Freshcare: The National On-Farm Assurance Program
Freshcare is an industry owned, not-for-profit on-farm assurance program, established and maintained to service the Australian fresh produce industry. Freshcare is currently the largest Australian on–farm assurance program for fresh produce; proudly providing on-farm food safety & quality and environmental certification services to over 5000 members nationally. The foundations of the Freshcare Program are the user-friendly Codes of Practice and detailed training support materials. The Freshcare Codes describe the practices required on farm to provide an assurance that fresh produce is safe to eat, has been prepared to customer specifications and legislative requirements; and has been grown with care for the environment.
Freshcare currently offers certification to the following Codes of Practice, following participation in an approved Freshcare training course:
- Freshcare Food Safety & Quality
- Freshcare Environmental
- Freshcare Environmental - Viticulture
- Freshcare Environmental - Winery
The Freshcare Codes of Practice are versatile and user-friendly, created to be implemented as stand-alone programs or integrated as one combined on-farm assurance system. The Freshcare Codes of Practice can also be incorporated with other quality, food safety and farm management schemes.
Click to view the current Freshcare Newsletter and Wine Industry Newsletter
Freshcare Certificates will now be issued by Certification Bodies. Freshcare certified growers shall receive Freshcare Certificates as a PDF file via email, this can be easily stored as an electronic file and forwarded to your customers as required. Your Freshcare certificate will also be available for download via your FreshcareOnline logon. If you are unsure of your logon details are, please contact the Freshcare Office on 1300 853 508.
Further details on changes to Freshcare certificates will be announced in the upcoming newsletter in August 2014.
Freshcare Ltd is proud to announce that the Fresh Produce Safety Centre Limited officially opened its doors for business today.
Underlining our long-standing commitment to the safety of fresh produce, Freshcare is proud to be a founding supporter of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre, recognising that the Centre will enhance fresh produce safety research, outreach and education throughout Australia and New Zealand.
The first meeting of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre’s Board of Directors occurred this morning, following registration of the new company limited by guarantee with ASIC yesterday.
The Centre’s goals will be to:
- Call for and oversee food safety research projects that are highly relevant to industry
- Provide food safety information, news, education and outreach to the industry
- Engage with regulatory and other organisations for effective and efficient food safety management leading to enhanced food safety outcomes.
Freshcare is a proud supporter of this exciting initiative.
Visit the Fresh Produce Safety Centre.
Please update your records with our new phone & fax numbers:
Telephone: 1300 853 508 (cost of a local call from a landline) or 02 9045 3710
Fax: 02 8004 0732
FreshcareOnline has been updated to a new system platform. Click here to download the FreshcareOnline User Guides. A copy is also available for download in Resources on your FreshcareOnline logon.
The Certification Rules for the Freshcare Food Safety & Quality Code of Practice will be available for download soon.