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.
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The industry-led and industry-managed Fresh Produce Safety Centre is marking its first year of operation.
Freshcare Ltd is a supporter of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre. The Centre’s aim is to enhance fresh produce safety across Australia and New Zealand through research, outreach and education. We see it as vital that the fresh produce industry works together to promote research and outreach around fresh produce safety, and that’s why we support this important industry initiative.
The Fresh Produce Safety Centre has made significant progress on enhancing fresh produce safety in its first year of operations, including a comprehensive outreach program and launching its first two industry R&D projects: the Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety and Understanding the Gaps – a Food Safety Literature Review.
Freshcare Ltd is a proud supporter of the Fresh Produce Safety Centre.
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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.