In the industry of international fruit and vegetable import/export having a GLOBALG.A.P. or PrimusGFS certification is becoming increasingly important, and in many cases a requirement of distributors and retailers. In 2018 FSMA laws (Food Safety Modernization Act) is coming online in the United States, which is making Global GAP certification more important than ever to fulfill traceability requirements.
Global Gap is a certification that has to do with value chain food safety and traceability. It is a set of requisites and documentation procedures that is designed to provide a greater level of control across the value chain.
According to Bureau Varitas GLOBALG.A.P. is defined as the following:
"GLOBALG.A.P. is an internationally recognized set of farm standards dedicated to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Through certification, producers demonstrate their adherence to GLOBALG.A.P. standards. For consumers and retailers, the GLOBALG.A.P. certificate is reassurance that food reaches accepted levels of safety and quality, and has been produced sustainably, respecting the health, safety and welfare of workers, the environment, and in consideration of animal welfare issues. Without such reassurance, farmers may be denied access to markets. Bureau Veritas Certification understands all these issues and can perform the necessary audits to help you achieve GLOBALG.A.P. Certification."
This past week Coopeassa Cooperative outside of San Isidro General in rural Costa Rica, received it Global Gap certificate for exporting their fresh organic pineapples. Certain new signages and upgrades to the farm infrastructure for farm workers was required in order for Coopeassa to pass their Global GAP inspection.
Now that Coopeassa has achieved its Global GAP certification the company will soon be ready to start shipping its organic fresh pineapples grown on small farms to large distributors and retail clients in the United States and Europe.