(24) OGVG is currently working on various initiatives to make a year-round production cycle more feasible for our tomatoes and sweet bell peppers.
OGVG has authority under Regulation 417 of the Farm Products Marketing Act to set regulations for all of its producers and marketers of greenhouse vegetables.
OGVG's Food Safety Program requires that all licensed marketers, packers, and growers of Ontario greenhouse produce have a third party Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Agriculture Practices (GAP), or House of Audit by an accredited certification body at least annually.
In addition to annual food safety audits, OGVG made traceability systems mandatory as well.
(70) Traceability is already a mandatory requirement for our producers at OGVG, (71) but the diversity and size of the operations make it difficult to harmonize and standardize traceability practices throughout the entire chain.