Clar­ity on HARPS scheme

Re­tailer-led pro­gram geared at food safety

Central Queensland News - - RURAL WEEKLY - PAT HAN­NAN Grow­com CEO

HOR­TI­CUL­TURE grow­ers have re­ceived some clar­ity around food safety cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments af­ter the re­lease of a de­tailed HARPS in­fo­graphic which more ac­cu­rately re­flects in­dus­try ter­mi­nol­ogy, as well as an ex­ten­sion al­low­ing many grow­ers an ex­tra year to be­come com­pli­ant.

HARPS is a re­tailer-led scheme de­signed to as­sist with com­pli­ance to food safety re­quire­ments for sup­pli­ers to the ma­jor gro­cery re­tail­ers in Aus­tralia.

Grow­com has been ac­tively en­gag­ing with the HARPS team to high­light is­sues around com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and will con­tinue to push for sen­si­ble, risk-based ap­proaches to food safety.

Based on the ex­ten­sive grower feed­back re­quest­ing more sup­port and time for im­ple­men­ta­tion, a num­ber of pro­vi­sions have been made.

There will be a se­ries of work­shops around Aus­tralia and we urge grow­ers to at­tend one of these or if they have spe­cific ques­tions, phone HARPS di­rectly on 1300852219.

Dates will be ad­ver­tised on the HARPS web­site, via peak in­dus­try bod­ies like Grow­com and di­rectly to busi­nesses reg­is­tered on the HARPS web­site.

Tier 2 sup­pli­ers who re­quire HARPS ap­proval will have un­til Jan­u­ary 1, 2019.

These busi­nesses should reg­is­ter their in­ter­est at www.harp­son­line.com.au by June 30, 2018.

Low vol­ume pro­duc­ers sup­ply­ing fewer than 10

❝Low vol­ume pro­duc­ers sup­ply­ing fewer than 10 pal­lets per year will not re­quire HARPS ap­proval.

pal­lets per year will not re­quire HARPS ap­proval.

These sup­pli­ers will fall un­der Tier 3 and will be re­quired to be cer­ti­fied to an ap­proved base scheme.

As the peak in­dus­try body for hor­ti­cul­ture grow­ers in Queens­land, Grow­com will work with grow­ers re­gard­ing their con­cerns with the HARPS re­quire­ments and pro­vide feed­back to the HARPS team, bear­ing in mind that this is a scheme led by the re­tail­ers not gov­ern­ment or in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions.

There is an op­por­tu­nity for grow­ers to join the HARPS stake­holder com­mit­tee and we urge those with ma­jor con­cerns to raise them in this fo­rum.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the HARPS re­vi­sions, in­clud­ing a de­ci­sion graphic to as­sist sup­pli­ers in de­ter­min­ing whether their busi­ness re­quires HARPS, visit www.harp­son­line.com.au, phone 1300 852 219 or email harps@harp­son­line.com.au.

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CHANGES: HARPS is a re­tailer-led scheme de­signed to as­sist with com­pli­ance to food safety re­quire­ments for sup­pli­ers.

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