PrimusGFS Version 3.2 Documents
PrimusGFS v3.2 is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized audit standard, developed by Azzule Systems, that has been used for many years in different areas of the food industry, particularly with fresh produce. It is designed to be used for primary production (including horticultural, grains, and pulses) and manufacturing sectors at a global level.
PrimusGFS v3.2 aligns to the GFSI’s v2020.1 benchmarking requirements and offers both GAP (Farm, Indoor Agriculture, and Harvest Crew) and GMP (Cooling & Cold Storage, Packinghouse, Processing, Storage & Distribution) audits. The GFSI scopes covered by the standard include: Farming of Plants, Farming of Grains and Pulses, Pre-processing Handling of Plant Products, Processing of Plant Perishable Products, Processing of Animal and Plant Perishable Products (Mixed Products), Processing of Ambient Stable Products, and Provision of Storage and Distribution Services.
Version 3.2 brings updates to address: the GFSI v2020.1 benchmarking requirements, stakeholder feedback, continued focus on FDA FSMA’s Produce Safety and Preventive Control for Human Food, relevant recent best practice updates from commodity specific guidance documents, updates to GMP Applicability Charts, the addition of new corrective action closure requirements, updated scientific research metrics (e.g. mitigation buffer distances, produce wash water anti-microbial metrics), refined and improved GAP pesticide questions, and updates to question flow concerns where necessary (e.g., harvest practice questions).
Azzule Systems has made its new version of PrimusGFS – v3.2 – available to auditees now, and will be the mandatory version for audits scheduled beginning March 1, 2022.