Freshcare Food Safety and Quality

The Freshcare Food Safety and Quality Scheme is an on-farm assurance scheme developed to meet the needs of the Australian horticultural industry.  The Freshcare Scheme is 'owned' by a number of peak industry bodies, a list of which is available from the Freshcare website (click here).  The Scheme was established to assist growers and packers meet customer requirements for food safety and quality, in both domestic and international markets, and the success of the scheme is demonstrated through acceptance of major Australian retailers and also the large number of horticultural businesses that have gained certification since its inception.

The scheme was developed by Australian industry stakeholders in 2000, and has recently been updated to include the need for JAS-ANZ accreditation of those bodies offering certification to the Freshcare Food Safety and Quality Edition 4 Code of Practice (FSQ4).  This is an additional step to ensuring international recognition of the scheme and it's equivalence to other on-farm assurance schemes.

A copy of the Certification standard (FSQ4) and the Freshcare Rules are available through these links.  Additional information is available directly from the Freshcare website.

Benefits

There are many benefits for growers including:

  • promoting the implementation of good agricultural practice on-farm;
  • assisting growers in meeting customer requirements for food safety and quality;
  • meeting requirements for both domestic and international markets;
  • international recognition through accreditation of the scheme.

Scheme Owners

The Freshcare Scheme is 'owned' by a number of peak industry bodies, a list of which is available from the Freshcare website (click here).

More Information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps.  For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.