Freshcare is an industry owned, not-for-profit on-farm assurance program, established and maintained to service the Australian fresh produce industry. Freshcare is currently the largest Australian on–farm assurance program for fresh produce; proudly providing on-farm food safety & quality and environmental certification services to over 5000 members nationally. The foundations of the Freshcare Program are the user-friendly Codes of Practice and detailed training support materials. The Freshcare Codes describe the practices required on farm to provide an assurance that fresh produce is safe to eat, has been prepared to customer specifications and legislative requirements; and has been grown with care for the environment.

Freshcare currently offers certification to the following Codes of Practice, following participation in an approved Freshcare training course:
  • Freshcare Food Safety & Quality
  • Freshcare Environmental
  • Freshcare Environmental – Viticulture
  • Freshcare Environmental – Winery
The Freshcare Codes of Practice are versatile and user-friendly, created to be implemented as stand-alone programs or integrated as one combined on-farm assurance system. The Freshcare Codes of Practice can also be incorporated with other quality, food safety and farm management schemes such organic certification.
ACO is able to conduct the Freshcare audit in conjunction with the ACO annual audit.  This will assist in a couple of different ways with audit management during the year and the cost saving of having both audits conducted at the same time.

To apply for Freshcare you will need to make contact directly with Freshcare or 1300 853 508 to register for this accreditation.  Once you have completed the required training we can then proceed to conducting the audit.

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