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PARIS and COLOGNE, 12 November 2021 – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), The Consumer Goods Forum’s Coalition of Action on food safety, and GLOBALG.A.P. c/o FoodPLUS GmbH, are pleased to announce that GLOBALG.A.P. has successfully achieved recognition against GFSI’s Benchmarking Requirements Version 2020.1. The recognition encompasses Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Fruit and Vegetables v5.4-GFS.

The IFA standard for Fruit and Vegetables is available around the world and covers all stages of production, from pre-harvest activities such as soil management and plant protection product application to post-harvest handling, packing and sorting.

Elmé Coetzer-Boersma, MD of FoodPLUS GmbH stated: “We are pleased about the continued recognition against the current GFSI Benchmarking Requirements. Our commitment to offer a GFSI-recognised solution to our stakeholders goes hand in hand with our commitment to develop food safety standards which is supported by science, robust standard management and an integrity programme.”

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About the GFSI Benchmarking Process

Benchmarking is a procedure by which a food safety Certification Program Owner (CPO) is compared to the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements. The process is designed to be executed in an independent, unbiased, technically proficient and transparent manner. A program is ‘recognised’ by GFSI when it has been verified that it meets every single GFSI benchmarking requirement, both in procedures and in operations. An independent benchmark leader, supported by the GFSI Technical Manager, assesses whether the application meets GFSI requirements, followed by a public consultation period that is open to all GFSI Stakeholders. The benchmark leader and GFSI Technical Manager then make a recommendation to the GFSI Steering Committee regarding recognition of the programme. The full process is defined in the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements.

About GLOBALG.A.P. Standard Development Process
GLOBALG.A.P. standards are developed in consultation with the industry to ensure optimal compliance flexibility for agricultural operations of all sizes and commodities while securing the highest level of assurance.

About GFSI
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI; the Coalition) is a CEO-led Coalition of Action from The Consumer Goods Forum, bringing together 34 retailers and manufacturers and an extended food safety community to help oversee food safety standards for businesses and help provide access to safe food for people everywhere. As one of the world’s largest networks to help achieve safe food , GFSI is committed to making food safety everyone’s business and the Coalition members are addressing challenges facing food safety systems in their supply chains and the markets they operate in, and are helping to raise the food safety bar globally. Its ambition is to strengthen and harmonise food safety systems so they are able to feed the growing, global population and develop markets that can deliver food safely, no matter where in the world the consumer is. To learn more, visit www.mygfsi.com.

For further information, contact Lisa Prévert, Senior Communications Manager, The Consumer Goods Forum: l.prevert@theconsumergoodsforum.com

GLOBALG.A.P. is a leading global certification program whose mission is to bring producers and retailers together to produce and market safe food, to protect scarce resources, and to build a sustainable future. For more information, please visit www.globalgap.org.

For further information, please contact standard_support@globalgap.org or Cornelia Wenhold, Technical Expert: wenhold@globalgap.org.

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