Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a set of standards used to provide continuous improvement in food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide.
Guidance Document: GFSI Guidance Document
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are voluntary guidelines set forth by the FDA to minimize the risk of produce contamination through good agricultural and manufacturing practices in the areas of water quality, worker hygiene, field and facility sanitation, manure management and transportation. FDA Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
PrimusGFS is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked and fully recognized audit scheme covering both GAP and GMP scopes as well as food safety management systems (FSMS). http://www.primusgfs.com/
Hazardous Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP), developed by the FDA is a set of seven principles utilized to prevent food contamination. Implementation of a HACCP program is currently on a voluntary basis for the fresh produce industry. The program involves analyzing potential food hazards and identifying how they can be prevented, eliminated and/or controlled throughout the supply chain. HACCP
Country of Origin labeling regulations recently adopted by the USDA indicate “Retailers are required to inform consumers at the point of retail sale of the country of origin of all covered commodities.” FMI Country of Origin Compliance Information
Produce Traceability Initiative is an industry wide effort made up of seven milestones aimed at creating a traceability process that will enable the quick and efficient electronic tracking and tracing of produce cases between supply chain members. Milestone Document
National Organic Program (NOP) standards describe the specific requirements that must be verified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent before products can be labeled USDA organic.
Organic Regulations found here: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=3f34f4c22f9aa8e6d9864cc2683cea02&tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title07/7cfr205_main_02.tpl
Customs-Trade Partnership Program Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is a voluntary joint government-business initiative established to strengthen supply chain and border security by establishing, improving, or amending, security procedures throughout the supply chain. The program offers guidelines in the following areas: procedural security, physical security, personnel security, education and training, access controls, manifest procedures, and conveyance security. CTPAT
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs and practices are intended to manage pests using methods that are economical and environmentally acceptable. USDA Pest Management Regional Centers Information System and National Science Foundation Center for Integrated Pest Management (NSF–CIPM)