Food Safety

Certified Greenhouse Farmers (CGF) members are required to follow a stringent set of food safety standards which are verified as part of the certification process. CGF's food safety program begins with a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HAACP) risk analysis which examines the growing process from seed until the vegetables are on their way to the consumer. The entire greenhouse growing process is examined and preventative steps are identified to control and mitigate any risks.

Because greenhouse vegetables are grown in a controlled environment and hydroponically (not in soil) there are fewer areas where foodborne contamination could occur versus in other farming operations. However, CGF is committed to a standard that provides unmatched preventative measures throughout the production process. For example, our members must use irrigation water that is regularly tested to ensure it is free of pathogens; each member is required to successfully implement intensive sanitation practices in their greenhouse; and, while our goal is prevention first, if there is ever a problem with any of the greenhouse vegetables produced by our members, the required barcodes on all of our vegetable packaging enables a rapid traceback or recall if necessary to protect public health.

Adherence to all food safety standards are verified through third party, independent audits of all greenhouse operations. Failure to comply and adhere to the food safety audits results in decertification from CGF and consumers will no longer see the CGF seal of quality assurance on those products.

CGF members are required to be in full compliance with an approved Global Food Safety Initiative benchmarked program. An updated list of approved food safety programs can be found here at GFSI Recognised Schemes.