Mexico Supreme Quality expects rapid growth

11/14/2012 11:28:00 AM
Mike Hornick

Mexico Calidad SupremaMexico Supreme Quality forecasts up to 2,200 fresh produce growers — and 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres) — will comprise its list of MexicoGAP-certified suppliers by 2016.

That would be more than a ten-fold increase on current participation, about 200 growers.

At the GlobalGAP Summit Nov. 6-8 in Madrid, the Mexico City-based food safety and quality assurance organization projected 9,900 hectares (about 22,000 acres) will come under the certification within a year.

MexicoGAP is benchmarked to GlobalGAP standards.

To help boost the numbers, Mexico Supreme Quality recently signed an agreement with APEAM, the Association of Michoacán State Avocado Producers and Packers, which represents hass avocados imported into the U.S. from Mexico. That’s expected to establish food safety programs in about 500 orchards covering 8,900 hectares (about 20,000 acres), according to a news release.

Mexico Supreme Quality is funded by growers and by Senasica and Sagarpa, Mexico’s ministries of food safety and agriculture.

In a separate agreement, the organization and the government are backing a contamination risk reduction system with offers of training and technical assistance to growers.



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Daniel Torres    
Gonzales CA  |  November, 14, 2012 at 03:25 PM

And this from the the Country with no plan-except the Mexico Quality Supreme plan? Please do a follow up story Mike in 12 months and again 24 and 36 months to anounce the progress of this new Mexican pipe dream Que Lastima!

Geoff Johnston    
Fresno, CA  |  November, 15, 2012 at 07:26 PM

Daniel, Mexico Supreme Quality isn't a new pipe dream - it's a program that has been around for the past 12 years providing the Mexican producing sector with tools, training and financial support to improve their food safety and traceability systems. They have a robust network of 174 food safety consulting firms throughout the country that prepare producers for the 3rd party audits they need to satisfy US market demands. Producers in the US need to pay for their own consulting and training - here the Mexican government has taken on this role because they want to continue to improve the safety and quality of their products for exports and for their own local markets. In addition the Mexico Supreme Quality seal is the official certification granted by the Mexican government for food products that meet the highest standards for quality and safety. Producers who are certified to the MSQ standard must first meet the strict National standards for food safety with 100% compliance. From your comment it's clear you have no idea how much of our fresh fruit and vegetable imports come from Mexico and how valuable a program like MSQ is in protecting public health.

LUIS GARCIA    
Mcallen, TX  |  November, 15, 2012 at 09:09 AM

Hello Daniel Torres, from Gonzales, California, if im not wrong, you have to come from an european country.

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