The Fruit & Vegetables scheme and the Floriculture scheme of the GlobalGAP quality certification system are being revised. The current version (5.2) dates from 2015. The intention is that there will be a version 6.0 in 2022. Growers will therefore incur additional administrative burdens. To ensure that the certification requirements are feasible and workable, Greenhouse Horticulture Netherlands is participating in the consultation round for this revision. Below you can read more about the proposed revision and how entrepreneurs can give feedback on the revision.
GlobalGAP is a globally recognized standard for good agricultural practice, originally set up by several large supermarket chains. In addition to retail, production and trade are now also represented in the organization. Anyone who has obtained the GlobalGAP certificate as a grower can demonstrate that his company meets strict requirements in the areas of food safety, traceability, environment, occupational health, safety and welfare and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
GlobalGAP’s certification schemes are reviewed every four to seven years, with interim updates taking place. In 2022, the current version 5.2 will be replaced by version 6.0. The administrative burden on the Groenten & Fruit scheme is increasing for growers.
GFSI recognition and schedule Fruit & Vegetables
There may be two variants of version 6.0 of the Fruit & Vegetables scheme: one with and one without recognition for the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The variant with GFSI recognition requires more input and audit work. In the US in particular, retailers often ask about GFSI, in Europe and Asia that seems much less the case.
Regarding food safety checkpoints, there are not that many changes in the Fruit & Vegetables schedule. However, much has to be demonstrated in writing, such as which person in the company is responsible for the food safety policy, which hygiene measures have been taken and how the storage of fertilizers, plant protection products and biostimulants takes place.
There will be a tightened standard for the microbiological quality of sprinkling water that comes into contact with edible parts of the product. Furthermore, water for post-harvest washes must have the quality of drinking water. There is also an obligation to provide written training for employees (while training under the guidance of the entrepreneur or an experienced colleague is much more effective and also more common on the farms).
After application of unprocessed animal manure, the waiting time for harvesting the product in the current Fruit & Vegetables schedule is 60 days. Some parties within the GlobalGAP organization are considering a longer waiting time (from 90 to 120 days), which can be detrimental for a number of crops. It is therefore important to insist on keeping the current waiting time or a shorter waiting time on this point.
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