GLOBALG.A.P IFA Fruit and Vegetables
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Improve quality of your fruit and vegetable products and consistently meet customer expectations of food safety and sustainability.
Certification of your Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) fruit and vegetables system demonstrates your commitment to good farming practice including the production and marketing of safe food while protecting scarce resources. It implies continual improvement and customer satisfaction. These are tangible benefits that play an important part in building a sustainable business performance.
The Integrated Farm Assurance – Fruit & Vegetables standard provides specific requirements for a farm management system that will enhance your ability to consistently deliver products that meet customer, as well as statutory and regulatory demands.
What is GLOBALG.A.P. IFA – Fruit & Vegetables
GLOBALG.A.P. is the globally recognized pre-farm gate standard for ensuring the quality and safety of a final product. GLOBALG.A.P. IFA standard is built on a system of modules that enables producers to get certified for several sub-scopes in one audit. It consists of:
- General regulations which set the criteria for successful Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC) implementation as well as guidelines for the verification and the regulation of the standard. These criteria define the requirements for achieving the quality standard required by GLOBALG.A.P.
The Fruit & Vegetables standard is a sub-scope of the crops module which itself is one of three scope modules (the other two main scope modules cover aquaculture and livestock farming) built upon the all farm base module it specifically focuses on fruit and vegetables.
The Fruit and Vegetables sub-scope covers the whole agricultural production process of the certified product, from the plant in the ground to non-processed end-product.
- It promotes measures for any fruit and vegetable producer that ensure food and farm worker safety and welfare, traceability of products and production records, environmental awareness, minimization of agrochemical inputs (fertilizers, pest and weed control), Integrated Crop Management (ICM), efficient resources (soil and water) utilization and compliance with local and international regulations.
Benefits of becoming certified
Certification to GLOBALG.A.P. IFA – Fruit and Vegetables by an independent third-party verifies the effectiveness of the good agriculture practices and the farming system implemented as well as sustainability of farming activities. As a result:
- Implement a structured approach to continually improving processes and knowing where to focus efforts. This can improve product quality and reduction of costs.
- Enhance customer confidence and satisfaction, which in turn can lead to better and easier access to the market. • Gain a significant competitive advantage by meeting any farming system certification business requirements from customers, suppliers and sub-contractors in order to conduct business with them.
To be certified, you first need to implement the required modules into a system complying with the standard’s requirements. DNV is an accredited third-party certification body and can help you throughout the journey starting from relevant IFA training to self-assessments, gap analysis and certification services.