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Information Sheet on
CanadaGAP
Certification with

Costco Addendum
s



Update for 2013

Contents


1.

Summary of Changes and Updates to the Costco Addendums for 2013

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2.

Passing Grade

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3

3.

Corrective Actions

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4

4.

Reaudits

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4

5.

Audit Types

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6.

Autofails and Other Key Requirements

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1.

Summary of Changes and Updates to the Costco Addendums for 2013

Costco has release new versions of their Addendums for 2013.
Below is a list of changes in the new
versions of the Costco Produce Audit Addendums effective January 1, 2013. The
question numbers refer
to the new versions. Changes to sentence structure that do not change the meaning of the requirement
(e.g. word “documented” replaced with “written”) have not been included in the list of changes.

Once
again GFTC has provided an ex
cel version for
all of our auditors
.

Note:

There are also five new requirements in the addendums. These are significant and have been
highlighted in yellow and
bold

in the chart below.

Growing Area:

Question
number

Description of Change

General


10


questions have been removed in the new version


specifically 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10,
11, 12

General

N/A now allowed for all questions except the auto
-
fail items

2

Removed the wording in explanation re: “supervised by trained person”

5

Added wording at the beginning of the question and explanation “if the grower ships
their product to more than one packer shipper”. A sentence removed from explanation:
Copies of the raw material supplier supporting documents are available for review and
filed in an easy to retrieve manner.

6

Additional guidance provided:
Letters of guarantee will be accepted for packaging.

And
in explanation:
In the event the grower is not responsible for supplier monitoring they
must retain records for auditor review

7

Part of the explanation changed:
If testing indicates a poor result, corrective actions are
required. This must include a re
-
test. Testing frequencies are to be based on risk and
must
have occurred

at minimum within the last 12 months.


Harvest Crew:

Question
number

Description of Change

2

Explanation expanded. Entity is not to be penalized for lacking previous audits in first
year of certification. Group audits may be allowed if requested in writing in advance

3

The old Question 3 has been removed

3


Reminder added to explanation:
Hand sanitizer must not take the place of washing with
soap and water.

6

Question 6 is completely new and requires that hand wash stations (in the field) are
located outside the restroom so the supervisor can observe han
d washing

NOT

an
Auto
-
fail

14

Clarification provided that gloves are supplied by the grower/harvest company; pickers
do not supply own gloves

17

Same requirement but split into 2 questions (Q 17 & 18 ins 2013 version). N/A is now
allowed for this
question.

19

New requirement for pest control in harvest equipment storage areas

NOT an
Auto
-
fail

20

New requirement that harvest equipment storage areas are free from evidence of
pests (rodents, mammals, birds).

Auto
-
fail

18

The old Q 18 regarding
storage of packaging has been removed from new version

25

(23 in old version) the notes on effective dates have changed

27 & 28

Same as old question #25 but the requirement is now split into 2 questions


Packinghouse, Cooler, Cold Storage and Processing
Facility
:

Question
number

Description of Change

6

New requirement to provide hand sinks in the restrooms AND at the facility entrance
and that hands are washed after using the restroom and again upon
entering the
facility



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-
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10

Reworded. Beard covers
AND moustache covers

are required. But this requirement only
applies to those facilities that handle exposed product.

11

Clarification provided that c
otton gloves may be worn

under non
-
latex gloves

for RTE
product

13

New wording/clarification added on letter of guarantee

14 & 15

This is the same requirement but split into two questions (Q 13 in old version)

18A

Clarification that the on
-
site traceability exercise (during au
dit) be conducted on a Costco
item

22&23

This is the same requirement but split into two questions (q 21 in old version)

26
-
28

The notes on “Effective dates ...”


have been changed

29

Now applies only in the U.S.


2.

Passing Grade

Costco has a passing grade of 85% for all the addendums AND the CanadaGAP audit. In addition, all the
auto
-
fail

criteria must be met (i.e. no
auto
-
fails
). The
Auto
-
fails

are all iden
tified in the addendums in
Bold and are summarized below.

3.

C
orrective
A
cti
ons

All suppliers who score below 98%

(even if they pass)
on their CanadaGAP audit
or

any of the

Costco
Addendums must submit a Corrective Action Plan

to Costco

within 14 days of their audit being posted to
Azzule.
Costco has not provided a

form for this
. Some producers use the CGAP CAR form, some make up
their own. This is just a plan on how they will correct their non
-
compliances/non
-
conformances.
Producers can
send their CAR to us for posting (
CGAPReports@gft
c.ca
) or post it themselves.

Instructions

are on the front page of the Addendums.

Score Action Required

98
-

100% No corrective actions needed

85
-

97% Corrective action plan

required

< 85% Corrective action plan

and
re
-
audit

required

4.

Re
-
audits

Re
-
audits for
growing area
and harvest crew audits must be conducted within 30 calendar days of the
original audit date. Re
-
audits for packinghouse, cooler, cold storage and processing audits must be
conducted within 60 calendar days of the original audit
date. If the growing season is finished, the audit
must take place within the first 30 calendar days of the next growing season. A product recall or other
serious incident will initiate a requirement for a new food safety audit.


Note
-

Re
-
audits

are full

re
-
audits

of everything regardless of whether they have passed the other
checklists.
For example, if they pass CGAP and Growing Area but fail Harvest Crew, they need a full re
-
audit of all three.


5.

Audit Types


Operation/Addendum

Growing Area

Harvest Cre
w

Packinghouse with
HACCP

Producer

*

*


Producer/Packer

*

*

*

Packer



*


Growing Area

The
growing area audit

is performed a minimum of one time each year or during the
growing season
.
It
covers fields, pesticide usage
, water usage, harvest
practices a

"ranch" is defined as a parcel of ground
(not necessarily a "lot" for production purposes) with the following characteristics: common
management, common water supply and contiguous grounds. For the purpose of farm or ranch audits,
manual development or se
lf‐audits, a ranch or farm is defined as contiguous ground that is under
common management.



Field ‐ Harvest Crew

The harvest crew audit is performed at a minimum of once per year for Costco and may be done
periodically during the harvest season
.
The
harvest crew audit must be conducted during harvest of the
crop supplied to Costco.

The harvest crew audit is divided into sections that correspond to areas of
potential contamination risk in the harvesting operation. These areas include employee safety &
hygiene, harvest practices and food security. A "harvest crew" is defined as a crew of harvest personnel
under common management.


Facility ‐ Packinghouse with HACCP

The packinghouse audit is performed at a minimum of once per year. Questions are used to
assess the
facility’s food safety program. The audit is comprised of three main sections; a Good Manufacturing
Practices section, a Food Safety File Requirements section and a HACCP section. The audit encompasses
the areas of pest control, equipment, sanit
ation, employee hygiene practices, and all other operational
practices and documentation as they relate to food safety. Food security is also addressed. A
"packinghouse" is where whole commodities are prepared and packed for commercial distribution after
b
eing subjected to processes such as sorting, washing, weighing, etc.

6.


Auto
-
fails


and Other Key Requirements


Auto
-
fails

-

Growing Area,

Harvest Crew

and Packinghouse




No
functioning hand
-
wash stations
(or incomplete hand washing). Note: Costco does not
accept
hand wipes and hand sanitizers as a hand washing station. Hand washing stations must include
soap, water and paper towel.




Product contamination/adulteration is observed.




Failure to have a written pest control program.




Evidence of insects, rode
nts, birds, reptiles or mammals in any product, ingredient or primary
packaging supplies.




Water test results fail to meet set standards and no corrective action has been taken to include
a re
-
test
. Note: Costco requires water tests for irrigation/chemica
l application water. Water
tests should be taken from irrigation equipment (e.g. drip lines, pivot nozzles) or where the
sprayer is filled from for accuracy





Evidence of systemic fecal contamination by wild animals and/or a single account of human or
dom
estic animal fecal matter, in the growing area, close to the growing area or in any storage
areas.




Employees with obvious sores, infected wounds or other infectious illnesses are allowed to have
direct contact with exposed food products, production, equipment or storage areas.




Products not properly coded for traceability throughout the process

.


Additional
Auto
-
fails

for
Packinghouses

ONLY



Processing facilities, Packinghouses, Coolers and Cold Storage facilities supplying product to the
U.S. and not meeting registration requirements of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism
Preparedness and R
esponse Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act) or companies located in the U.S.
supplying product to Costco locations in other countries.



http://www.registrarcorp.com/fda
-
food/registration/




Failure to take corrective actions, when critical limits are not me
t in a HACCP program.




A documented Food Safety Plan/Manual (for facility auditees) has not been established.




Food allergens are present and an allergen control program has not been developed.




Evidence of serious pest infestations (rodents, insects, b
irds, etc., including decomposed pests)
inside the facility, including in pest control devices.




Other

key
requirements


not auto
-
fails




Pest
Control:

Pest control programs must be developed and monitored by licensed, certified
pest control personnel. In the case of a country without this requirement, pest control
personnel must be trained and have written protocol to demonstrate their understanding of
p
est control as it applies to food safety.
Pest control program now required in harvest
equipment storage buildings too



Glove Policy
Costco prohibits the use of Latex AND powder‐free Latex gloves.



Hairn
ets
:
Costco requires the use of Hairnets,
Beard nets

and Moustache covers where
applicable

for packing house employees handling open product



Trace Back / Mock Recall Exercise


Packinghouses

Costco requires all packinghouses, coolers,
cold storage and processing facilities to do a trace back

AND Trace forwa
rd

exercise at least
twice a year

(once for operations who are in production 6 months of the year or less)
.
Documentation must indicate the date and time the exercise was initiated, product chosen,
amount produced, affected lot codes, percent located, time

exercise was completed. 100% of
product should be located within two hours.



Raw Material Sources


Packinghouses and
Growers
Costco

entities/suppliers must have a
program in place to approve and monitor their suppliers (all raw materials, ingredients and

primary packaging). Their suppliers must provide them with a current (within 1 calendar year)
third‐party food safety audit and a product specification sheet which includes product
attributes, labeling and code dates. Additionally, facilities supplying ra
w materials and
ingredients must be operating under a HACCP program Primary packing facilities must have an
ongoing, documented monitoring program to evaluate primary packaging compliance to
specifications, including a method to identify specific lot numbe
rs.



Food Contact Surfaces
With the exception of commodities where using wooden bins is the
industry standard, produce must not come in contact with surfaces which are not accessible
and/or cannot be cleaned, including but not limited to the following: foam

rubber, any type of
carpet, non food grade plastic, etc.



Miscellaneous

o

In all operations, hand washing must take place with soap and water. There is no
approved substitute for hand washing, including hand wipes, sanitizer, etc.
\

o

Costco does not allow fa
lse nails or nail polish.

o

No drinking water (or any other beverage), in any container, is to be allowed on the
packing line or processing floor.

o

Although countries outside the US may have different requirements, Costco does not
allow any beverages on the

packing line or processing floor. Employers must provide
employees adequate fresh water supplies located in areas which do not create food
safety hygiene issues.

o

Picking bags, gloves, knives and aprons must be covered under equipment storage and
control
procedures and be on a documented cleaning schedule. The grower is
responsible to maintain cleanliness and good repair.

o

Toilet and hand washing facilities must be within a 5 minute walking distance for all
employees.

Even harvest employees

o

Finished produ
ct sell unit (for example, clam shell, bag, package, and carton) must be
marked with a use‐by, sell‐by or packed‐on code that can be used for traceability/recall
purposes. Julian dates are not acceptable. Suppliers should refer to item specifications,
prov
ided by Costco buyers.

o

Harvesting equipment must be on a documented cleaning and sanitizing program. A
monitoring program to verify that successful cleaning and sanitizing of all product
contact surfaces must be in place.