The GLOBALG.A.P. scheme
Supermarkets, retailers, food service business and consumers everywhere are looking for food that is produced responsibly in ecologically sound conditions. This worldwide accepted certification enables producers and brand owners to provide consumers with assurance of the safe production and traceable marketing of food while protecting scarce resources. Individual producers or producer groups may be certified. QCS offers the following standards of GLOBAL G.A.P.
1. GLOBALG.A.P. INTEGRATED FARM ASSURANCE (IFA) FRUIT and VEGETABLES CERTIFICATION
2. PRODUCE SAFETY ASSURANCE (PSA)
3. HARMONIZED PRODUCE SAFETY STANDARD (HPSS)
WHAT THE STANDARDS COVER*(IFA)
GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Fruit and Vegetables (F&V) standard covers all stages of production, from pre-harvest activities to post-harvest produce handling, packing and storing. It acts as a practical manual with a holistic approach including food safety, environmental, traceability and workers welfare compliance requirements.
The standard is divided in three modules with main sections addressing the following issues:
ALL FARM MODULE.- Site History and Site Management / Record Keeping and Internal Self-Assessment/Internal Inspection / Workers Health, Safety and Welfare / Subcontractors / Waste and Pollution Management, Recycling and Re-Use / Environment and Conservation / Complaints / Recall/Withdrawal Procedure / Food Defense / GLOBALG.A.P. Status / Logo Use / Traceability and Segregation.
CROPS MODULE.- Traceability / Propagation Material / Site History and Site Management / Soil Management / Fertilizer Application / Irrigation/Fertigation / Integrated Pest Management / Plant Protection Products / Equipment.
F&V MODULE.- Soil Management / Substrates / Pre-Harvest / Harvesting / Produce Handling.
Produce Safety Assurance (PSA)
Designed for regions where producers and their customers require only a food safety solution, the new Produce Safety Assurance Standard V5. based on the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Standard and consists of only the food safety elements.
Harmonized Produce Safety Standard (HPSS)
Designed for fruit and vegetable producers in the US or selling into the US market. It covers all stages of production, from pre-harvest activities such as soil management and plant protection product application to post-harvest produce handling, packing and storing. This standard only focuses on food safety and traceability elements.
In response to growing demand for even stronger quality assurance in specific aspects of agricultural production and the supply chain, GLOBALG.A.P. has developed add-ons that enhance your GLOBALG.A.P. certification. These made-to-measure add-ons upgrade your status as a producer and offer buyers specific assurance tailored to their interests and preferences.
QCS offers the following add-ons
GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice.(GRASP)
GLOBALG.A.P. FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT PRODUCE SAFETY RULE ADD-ON (FSMA-PSR)