New standard for plantations in fruit-juice production

The GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Standard is expanding its scope of application in the field of crops for processing. In future, production of juice, preserves and other processed foods from uniformly monitored and sustainably cultivated raw materials will be possible.

Whilst retaining its existing focus of the certification of food safety as part of good agricultural practice for producers of fresh fruit and vegetables, aquaculture and animal production – and even enhancing this with a new Version 5 – GLOBALG.A.P. is opening itself up to applications in agricultural businesses that serve the processing industry. This is being done via a partnership with the SAI Platform.

“We have simply combined the requirements of the world’s two leading food safety and sustainability programmes for agricultural enterprises and make these available to the farming sector as a new, flexible and risk-related instrument,” explained Dr. Kristian Möller, CEO of GLOBALG.A.P. “Through this cooperation we want to boost harmonization and make a contribution to greater sustainability and food safety.”

The proposed GLOBALG.A.P. Standard for the production of crops for processing (CfP Standard) is out for public consultation until 21 October 2015 with the aim of a final approval by the committees at the end of 2015. It contains requirements for good agricultural practice as regards food safety from the GLOBALG.A.P. Fruit and Vegetables Standard and includes as a central concern aspects of ecological sustainability from the Farm Sustainability Assessment of the SAI Platform. This combined standard is designed such that it can satisfy the Food and Agriculture Business Principles of the Global Development Goals of the United Nations.

Agricultural businesses around the world benefit from a single, practicable instrument that is being accepted by an increasing number of global brands and retailers.

The GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Standard for the production of crops for processing (CfP Standard) will be presented on 13 October 2015,     12 noon-1:00 p.m. BVLH-Retailforum, Boulevard 044, ANUGA, Cologne.

About the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform:

The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform is the global industry initiative helping food and drink companies to achieve sustainable production and source agricultural raw materials.