Local producer option offered by GlobalG.A.P. program - The Packer

Local producer option offered by GlobalG.A.P. program

09/11/2013 12:14:00 PM
Tom Karst

Small and emerging producers now have an option that is called a cost-effective stepping stone toward full GlobalG.A.P certification.

The new option, called localg.a.p., will help producers gain cost-effective and gradual recognition by providing an entry level to GlobalG.A.P. certification, according to the website of the European-based organization.

GlobalG.A.P. is a non-profit global farm assurance/food safety program and operates in more than 100 countries.

Information about the localg.a.p. program is available online.

The localg.a.p. program, offered in two tiers called Foundation and Intermediate levels, helps retailers support local and regional producers and promote good agricultural practices, according to the group’s website. The Foundation level is suited for producers with few food safety risks and sell primarily on the local level, according to the website. The Intermediate level features stronger food safety criteria accepted by national retailers and is available for fruit and vegetable, livestock and aquaculture producers.

The localg.a.p. solution covers the minimum requirements for food safety and hygiene, and provides a subset of GlobalG.A.P. control points, a localg.a.p. checklist and general rules.according to the website.

Buyers interested in sourcing from localg.a.p.-assessed producers can download documents from the GlobalG.A.P.website and pass them on to their producers for implementation, according to the website. To monitor their localG.A.P. producers, buyers can sign an agreement for observer status to gain access to the GlobalG.A.P. database, according to the website.

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Kristian Moeller    
Baltimore, MD/Cologne,Germany  |  September, 12, 2013 at 02:30 AM

In the U.S., the localg.a.p. standard has already been known and applied as PFA (Primary Farm Assurance). GLOBALG.A.P. has started this concept in the U.S: and is now expanding this to other regions world-wide under the new name localg.a.p. For PFA US see here: http://www1.globalgap.org/north-america/front_content.php?idcat=269

Christi Venter    
Pretoria, South Africa  |  October, 02, 2013 at 10:06 AM

localg.a.p. is a wonderful GLOBALG.A.P. tool. With localg.a.p. even small scale producers can now get the opportunity to enter markets that they never could before by means of a stepwise approach with the end goal being certification. And this process also lower the risk for Retailers that are buying products from these producers as they would be able to immediately know which potential issues there might be at these producers. In the end it is a win-win situation for both Retailers and producers.

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