GLOBALG.A.P. and GMP+ International have entered into a world-wide strategic partnership. The respective Letter of Intent was signed by the two parties today. GLOBALG.A.P. and GMP+ International are both certification scheme providers who operate on an international level and whose activities ideally complement each other. Both organizations expect their alliance to strengthen their operations to the benefit of the involved certified companies in the feed, livestock farming and aqua culture businesses by providing greater uniformity and transparency as well as ultimately lowering cost.

Both organizations, while keeping their independence, are looking to harmonize governance and system rules in order to provide a strong, efficient and transparent tool for the feed industry, which is also in the best interest of downstream livestock and aquaculture farmers. “We aim to achieve optimal results by focusing on our respective core businesses, while at the same time aligning the normative requirements so as to operate according to the same principles in governance, certification and integrity. In due course this will result in us being able to operate at lower cost while providing the same high quality levels”, says Johan den Hartog, Managing Director of GMP+ International.

“With a focus on providing safe and wholesome food for consumers, we are joining hands with GMP+ International to eliminate any possible certificate duplication and to create synergies in the standards and systems, thus enabling the feed industry and farmers to participate in a controlled chain of custody system”, Dr. Kristian Moeller, CEO of GLOBALG.A.P. explains.

GLOBALG.A.P. is a leading Good Agricultural Practice certification scheme for the primary production of arable products as well as for livestock farming and aquaculture. Today, approximately 140,000 primary producers are under GLOBALG.A.P. Certification in 118 countries, including 5,000 livestock farms and 220 aquaculture farms, amounting to two million tons of farmed seafood.  GLOBALG.A.P. schemes primarily focus on product safety, environmental impact and the health, safety and welfare of workers and animals. The company is also active in the feed supply chain, where 75 larger compound feed manufacturing companies, with an annual production of approximately ten million tons of feed, have been certified to this day.

GMP+ International is a global leader among Feed Certification schemes, addressing feed safety as well as feed responsibility issues, based on well-balanced multi-stakeholder participation in the feed & food chain. Today, more than 13,400 companies / locations in the entire feed (supply) chain in approximately 70 countries around the world are GMP+ certified.

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GLOBALG.A.P.:

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GMP+:

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Program Manager Marketing & Communications
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