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PARIS and Tokyo, 6 January 2022 – The Global Food Safety Initative (GFSI), The Consumer Goods Forum’s Coalition of Action on food safety, and the Japan GAP Foundation (JGF) are pleased to announce that ASIAGAP version 2.3 has successfully achieved recognition against GFSI’s Benchmarking Requirements Version 2020.1. The recognition encompasses the control points and compliance criteria for Fruits and Vegetable, Grains, and Tea.

JGF Executive Managing Director Hiroshi Ogino said, “By requiring more effective measures to address hazards in each process and manage them appropriately, our organisation is able to ensure a high level of food safety for the agricultural products it produces.”

Marie-Claude Quentin, GFSI Senior Technical Manager said, “ASIAGAP was first recognised by GFSI in 2018 and has continued to evolve their certification programme to align to the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements since, including when we issued version 2020 in March last year. It’s always a great pleasure to witness the expansion of certification programmes under the GFSI recognition umbrella, particularly in their first years. Congratulations to the Japan GAP team for this latest success.”

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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 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

About Japan GAP Foundation
3-29 Kioicho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 102-0094
To learn more, visit jgap.jp/en/

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