In March 2017, the 500 th company received GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody Certification.

The Version 5 GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody Standard was launched in December 2014. In the last two years, the standard has gained significant interest in the fruit and vegetables as well as in the aquaculture sector.

The Chain of Custody Standard is a traceability standard. It does not contain food safety or workers’ safety control points. The main purpose is to secure traceability and proper labelling of GLOBALG.A.P. certified products in the supply chain between the producer and the retail outlet. Once each supply chain member of a certain product is certified, the end consumer can be certain that a product labelled with the GGN is a genuine certified product.

There are currently 41 Certification Bodies approved and able to deliver Chain of Custody inspection. Being an accredited standard, the Certification Body inspection process is overseen by the national Accreditation Bodies and by GLOBALG.A.P.’s own integrity program.

GLOBALG.A.P. cooperates with other post farm gate food safety standards such as BRC (British Retail Consortium) and IFS (International Featured Standards). Companies (e.g.: packers or brokers) already certified for these food safety standards and trading with GLOBALG.A.P. certified products may receive combined audits resulting in two certificates. Several points in the standards (e.g. recall/withdrawal procedures) are included in both, which is why a combined audit saves time and effort for the applicant companies.

The Chain of Custody Certification may help you to map your supply chain. It enables you and GLOBALG.A.P. to investigate complaints and incidences, such as exceeded residues, contaminations, mixing of certified and non-certified products or mislabelling.

The simple and effective standard is available free of charge on the GLOBALG.A.P. website in English, German, Spanish and Chinese.