PARIS, 8th October 2015 — The GFSI Board of Directors is pleased to announce a new scope extension. The GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance scheme, Aquaculture has been successfully benchmarked by GFSI and has achieved recognition against the GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition.
The document has been recognised against: Scope A II – Farming of Fish
The final benchmark review was carried out by benchmark committee leader, Steve Homer, Managing Director, SMH Projects.
This brings the total number of recognised scopes to three (Integrated Farm Assurance – Fruit and Vegetables, Integrated Farm Assurance – Aquaculture and GLOBALG.A.P. Produce Safety Standard). The GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture standard has been the only aquaculture standard to go through the GFSI benchmarking process against scope A II (v5 and v6 GFSI Guidance documents). Other aquaculture schemes were benchmarked under scope E I (Processing of Animal Perishable Products).
Dr. Kristian Moeller, CEO of GLOBALG.A.P. commented that “The GFSI recognition of the Aquaculture scope of the GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance standard proves GLOBALG.A.P.’s commitment to food safety in a sector that is dominated by requirements for sustainability. As the only aquaculture standard for farming with GFSI recognition we are pleased to offer our collaboration to all serious sustainability labels for farmed seafood and mitigate their food safety risk.”
G.A.P. stands for Good Agricultural Practice – and GLOBALG.A.P. is the worldwide standard that assures it. GLOBALG.A.P. is an affiliate organisation of a not-for-profit trade association with a crucial objective: safe, sustainable agricultural production worldwide. It sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe – and more and more producers, suppliers and buyers are harmonizing their certification standards to match.
The GLOBALG.A.P. flagship standard is the Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard which covers crops, livestock and aquaculture and emphasizes a progressive, holistic approach to farm certification. The certification criteria of the Fruit and Vegetables scope of the IFA standard focus on:
- Food Safety and Traceability
- Environmental Sustainability
- Worker Operational Health and Safety
- Integrated Pest Management, Quality Management System and basic Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
The GFSI application was only for the Food Safety and Traceability elements.
ABOUT THE GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY INITIATIVE
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is an industry-driven initiative providing thought leadership and guidance on food safety management systems necessary for safety along the supply chain. This work is accomplished through collaboration between the world’s leading food safety experts from retail, manufacturing and food service companies, as well as international organisations, governments, academia and service providers to the global food industry. They meet together at technical working group and stakeholder meetings, conferences and regional events to share knowledge and promote a harmonized approach to managing food safety across the industry.
ABOUT THE CONSUMER GOODS FORUM
GFSI is managed by The Consumer Goods Forum (the CGF), a global, parity-based industry network that is driven by its members to encourage the global adoption of practices and standards that serves the consumer goods industry worldwide. It brings together the CEOs and senior management of some 400 retailers, manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders across 70 countries, and it reflects the diversity of the industry in geography, size, product category and format. Its member companies have combined sales of EUR 2.5 trillion and directly employ nearly 10 million people, with a further 90 million related jobs estimated along the value chain. It is governed by its Board of Directors, which comprises 50 manufacturer and retailer CEOs. www.theconsumergoodsforum.com