Our food safety and quality program provides growers and grower-packers with the essential on-farm good agricultural practices and post-harvest food safety criteria that are required to be met and maintained to assure customers of the quality and safety of the fresh produce produced.

The Freshcare Food Safety and Quality Standard Version 4.2 (FSQ4.2) is the current standard available for grower and grower-packer program participants seeking certification.

Food Safety & Quality Standard Edition 4.2 (January 2021) - Download PDF

We have developed the FSQ4.2 standard to meet the latest market requirements and international standards, with the FSQ4.2 achieving benchmark to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). This ensures continued access to markets around the world for Australian produce.

While you’re working on assuring the safety of what we eat and how and where it’s grown, we support you to meet and maintain the standard’s essential practices and criteria by providing training and support services.

Certification to the Freshcare Program is achieved through independent third-party auditing, for more information visit How to get certified.

Expired Versions – FSQ4.1

Standard FSQ4.1 expired on 2 May 2021 and FSQ4.2 replaces it from 3 May 2021.

See below for how to transition to FSQ4.2.

Transitioning to FSQ4.2

From 3 May 2021, all audits are carried out to FSQ4.2 standards. If you currently work to the requirements of FSQ4.1, you will need to identify any gaps and make the necessary adjustments before your next audit.

Click Here to Learn More About How to Transition to FSQ4.2