Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Registered Produce Warehouse (RPW) Program Manual of Procedures
3. Operation and Maintenance of Registered Establishments
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After the establishment has been approved for registration, it shall be operated in accordance with Part I.1 and Part X of the FFVR.
Produce shall be packed in a sanitary manner, including the following (Part I.1, subsection 3.1(4)):
- no stagnant or polluted water is used in the washing or fluming of the produce;
- only potable water is used in the final rinsing of the produce to remove any surface contaminant before packing;
- the final rinse water, if reused, is used only in the initial washing or fluming of the produce;
- the produce is handled with equipment that is cleaned regularly.
The waste from the handling and grading is removed from the establishment on a regular basis and must be disposed of in such a manner that it does not attract insects, birds or rodents. This means that all waste is removed from the warehouse at least daily and disposed of away from the warehouse in a dump site. It also means the warehouse must observe Provincial Regulations on plant health and human health for sanitary disposal of culled products.
All produce that will be shipped interprovincially from a Registered Produce Warehouse shall be graded and packed on the premises in accordance with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations. This means that the produce shall meet the grade declared on the label and that all packaging and labelling must be correct.
In addition, for produce shipped interprovincially, the RPW logo showing the registration number (as shown in Appendix III) shall be displayed on any part of the label of each prepackaged container, of each master container, or of each shipping container, except that part, if any, applied to the bottom. Alternatively it may be displayed on each pallet of produce in a lot (Test Market 2009). Interpretation of this requirement has been that it applies solely to produce that otherwise requires certification, i.e. potatoes, apples, or blueberries. However, if the RPW uses the logo on other produce, for which grade standards are established, that are packaged within the establishment, those products will fall within the parameters of the program. Labelling with the RPW logo is required when the shipment exits the establishment. Labelling of the load cannot occur once the shipment has left the establishment premises.
Note: For suspended RPW's, the packages identified with a RPW number will be allowed to be used by the operator, provided that each interprovincial shipment is accompanied by a certificate. The regional shipping point office will advise the Area Program Specialists in all regions that the RPW registration has been suspended. For cancelled RPW's, the packages identified with a RPW number cannot be used. In order to allow the operator to use his or her stock, he or she must completely remove the RPW number from each package.
Accurate records of produce shipments must be kept by the owner for two (2) years from the date of shipment. These records must be maintained by type and grade of produce and by size of container. Upon request, they must be available to the CFIA (subsection 61(14)).
The operator of a Registered Produce Warehouse may not allow other packers to pack produce in packages containing his registration number, nor may he allow other packers to apply his RPW logo on pallets of produce. The operator of a Registered Produce Warehouse may not use, or have in his possession for use, packaging materials or labels bearing the registration number of another RPW. Likewise, a Certificate of Registration cannot be assigned or transferred to a second establishment (subsections 56(6) and (7)). Should packaging or other such material bearing the RPW number of another establishment be found in a registered establishment, the materials should be placed under detention and options for compliance should be provided to the operator.
All certificates of registration are issued for a period of one year unless they are cancelled, suspended or surrendered (subsection 56(8)). When a certificate of registration is cancelled, it is the inspector's responsibility to have the certificate picked up from the warehouse (section 58.1).
The holder of a registration certificate shall post it in a conspicuous place in the warehouse to which it applies and keep it so posted during the period it is in force (subsection 56(5)).
Should a RPW make someone new responsible for the supervision of grading or make changes in ownership, it is the operator's responsibility to formally advise their local CFIA office of the changes within 30 days, who will then amend the RPW records accordingly (subsection 61(16)).
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