In purchasing fruit and vegetable products, today consumers pay increasing attention to health and social issues as well as to the environmental impact of their production cycle.
Distribution companies are the key intermediary between manufacturers and consumers. Such crucial role entails a series of obligations and responsibilities towards consumers; for this reason, distributors feel the need to adopt effective measures in order to prevent potential hygiene and health risks and reassure consumers as to environmental, social and food safety issues.
- The GLOBALG.A.P standard is not meant to dictate mandatory guidelines for each agricultural production method; conversely, it is designed as an effective tool to evaluate farming companies through the definition of a set of necessary requirements to produce safe food while protecting the health, safety and welfare of workers, the environment and animals.
- As a EN 45011-accredited third-party organization, TÜV Italia offers two certification options:
Option 1: a single farming company is taken into consideration;
Option 2: the scheme is applied to groups of associated producers and consortia or through specially devised GLOBALG.A.P certification contracts; in this case, it is necessary to implement a number of elements of the Quality System in order to manage the group as well as to monitor compliance to good agricultural practices by all associated companies.
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TÜV Italia formulates a three-yearly offer for GLOBALG.A.P certification; following acceptance by the client it issues an order confirmation in order to initiate the certification process.
Subsequently, the company will be required to register to the GLOBALG.A.P Database.
Evaluation and report production
- In its founding principle, the GLOBALG.A.P standard is a tool meant to introduce Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Integrated Crop Management (ICM) techniques into commercial agricultural production.
The implementation of pest management rules is viewed as crucial for the improvement and sustainability of agricultural production over the long term. GLOBALG.A.P supports HACCP principles (hazard analysis and critical control points) and encourages their application.
- Based on this, GLOBALG.A.P requirements include the following:
- use of recognized pest management techniques (selection and application of plant protection products, irrigation and water quality, crop protection, post-harvest handling);
- adoption of specific environmental protection measures (soil management, pollution risk management, waste reuse and recycling);
- special attention to the hygiene aspects of food product handling (product harvesting and handling);
- compliance with the general requirements and specific regulation on the health and safety of agricultural workers.
Following on-site audits assessing the above requirements, TÜV Italia produces a final report.
Standard version 3.1
- March 1st 2011 marked the coming into force of the 4.0 issue of the “GLOBALG.A.P Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA)” Standard. The new version is mandatory as of January 1st 2012.
- The most significant changes are available on the GLOBALG.A.P website.
Prior to issuing the certificate, TÜV Italia performs the following actions:
- management of any deficiencies found (implementation schedule and methods, verification of closure if required);
- final resolution by the TÜV Italia Approval Committee.
The applicant undergoes yearly inspections and, based on their positive outcome, TÜV Italia issues a certificate with a one-year validity.