Congratulations to the NTWG Award Winner!

NTWG Award Winner 2016: The Netherlands FV

 Applications were received from three NTWGs:

  • The Netherlands FV
  • Brazil FV
  • South Africa FV

About the Winner:

The NTWG The Netherlands, hosted by Groenten Fruit Huis in Zoetermeer has been very active and dedicated for more than 10 years and has fulfilled the tasks set out in the Terms of Reference for NTWGs and beyond. The NTWG The Netherlands has currently 15 members and has strived from the start to include all parties involved in the implementation of GLOBALG.A.P, which means there have not been big changes in the membership of this NTWG.

The members work in different small groups which represent the processing industry, the fruit and vegetable traders and the growers organisations as well as retailers. The harmonization working group is reponsible for translation and proofreading of the Standard in Dutch language and the development of National Interpretation Guidelines. The latest National Interpretation Guideline v5 for the Netherlands for has been finalized and is published on the GLOBALG.A.P. website.

In the last few years the cooperation between Dutch NTWG and groups from the livestock industry has increased. The livestock industry has known national standards, surpassing GLOBALG.A.P. standards, for years. This could be the start of a combined Dutch NTWG for Crops and Livestock.

The Dutch NTWG have from the beginning been the platform to support the development and implementation of GLOBALG.A.P. The most important starting-point to have achieved this, is that all decisions necessary to comply with GLOBALG.A.P. demands and local regulations are a part of their regular business conduct.

Since 2013 GRASP is available in the Netherlands. Currently the most important POs are making GRASP mandatory for their members.

With the “Groenten Fruit Huis” a professional host organisation with a good secretariat is put in place which coordinates all activities and maintains a good and clear communication with the GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat.

The NTWG The Netherlands have played a large role in developing GLOBALG.A.P. in practice, and have always implemented all gained knowledge in the updated standard versions.

Statement from the NTWG The Netherlands Secretary:
"We think naturally cooperative, collaborating for us is a normal thing. With this we have as the NTWG Netherlands already achieved a lot. We are pleased with the NTWG Award in recognition of our commitment and contribution to food safety in practice."

You can download the full application from the NTWG The Netherlands here.

(from left to right: Paul Bol, Mari-Carmen Morales, Ad Klaassen, Guy Callebaut)