The updated USDA Harmonized Audit Standards and Checklists are to be used starting on May 1, 2017. The USDA has made changes to the Harmonized audits. Most changes are minor. Listed below are the section numbers with major changes for each audit.
Field Operations and Harvesting Standard:
2.1.3, 22.214.171.124, 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52 and section 5 has been added
1.5.3, 1.12.1 (moved from 1.23.2 and numbers shifted down one), 1.13.12, section 4 added
To obtain the updated Harmonized Standards that are to be used with the new Harmonized checklists starting on May 1, 2017, please go to the United Fresh’s website. Also, there is a redline version of these Standards that show the items that were changed on the United Fresh website.
For the checklists that go with the standards go to the USDA Audit Services webpage and select the version for 5/1/17.