The GLOBALG.A.P. Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) Standard consists of General Rules and control points and Complement Criteria (CPCC).
GLOBALG.A.P Crops Certification
The GLOBALG.A.P.IFA CPCC are module based consist of:
- The All Farm base Module: This is the foundation of all the sub-scoped and defied all the requirements that all procedures must first comply with to gain certification.
- The Scope Module: This defines clear criteria based on the different food production sectors. GLOBALG.A.P covers 3 scopes: Crops, Livestock and Aquaculture.
- The Sub-Scope Module: These CPCC cover all the requirements for a particular products of different aspects of the food production and supply chain.
ISO 14000 - Environmental management
The ISO 14000 family of standards provides practical tools for companies and organizations of all kinds looking to manage their environmental responsibilities.
ISO 14001:2015 and its supporting standards such as ISO 14006:2011 focus on environmental systems to achieve this. The other standards in the family focus on specific approaches such as audits, communications, labelling and life cycle analysis, as well as environmental challenges such as climate change.
ISO 14001:2015 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system and can be certified to. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization regardless of its activity or sector.
Using ISO 14001:2015 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.
Organic agriculture produces products using methods that preserve the environment and avoid most synthetic materials, such as pesticides and antibiotics. USDA organic standards describe how farmers grow crops and raise livestock and which materials they may use.
Organic farmers, ranchers, and food processors follow a defined set of standards to produce organic food and fiber. Congress described general organic principles in the Organic Foods Production Act, and the USDA defines specific organic standards. These standards cover the product from farm to table, including soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives.
Organic farms and processors:
- Preserve natural resources and biodiversity
- Support animal health and welfare
- Provide access to the outdoors so that animals can exercise their natural behaviors
- Only use approved materials
- Do not use genetically modified ingredients
- Receive annual onsite inspections
- Separate organic food from non-organic food
HACCP Program - Consulting and Implementation
Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP)
HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product. HACCP includes a wide range of measures that are designed to prevent problems before they occur and for correcting deviations through a systematic way promptly and as soon as they are detected.
These preventive control systems with documentation and verification are recognized widely by scientific authorities and international organizations as the most effective approach towards producing safe food. Further it also enables the producers, processors, distributors, exporters of food products to effectively and efficiently utilize technical resources for assuring complete food safety.
Some of the benefits of HACCP / ISO 22000 FSMS standard are:
- Helping in identifying process improvements using HACCP.
- Reducing the need for, and the cost of end product testing.
- Complementary to quality management systems such as ISO 9000.
- Assists in providing evidence of due diligence.
- Reduces the chances of product recall & adverse publicity.
- Further enhances customer satisfaction.
- Facilitates better & complete understanding of food packaging safety issues throughout the organization.
- Brings improvements in staff’s performance through
the promotion of team spirit.
- Improves staff morale and motivation through a
cleaner & healthier working environment.