Food safety and certification
The most widely accepted certification in the area of food safety is Global Gap (the former EurepGAP). EurepGAP was initially an initiative by a number of European supermarket chains (including Tesco, Delhaize, Albert Heijn, Laurus and Schuitema). They drew up basic guidelines for ‘Good Agricultural Practices’ (GAP) for fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. These are known as the EurepGAP guidelines. These European supermarkets stipulate the EurepGAP protocol as the basic standard with the aim of maintaining consumer confidence with regard to food safety. The standard ensures uniform regulations concerning the cultivation of products. After implementation a grower has a system to show that the product has been produced in a responsible way. This international production standard for cultivation covers both food safety and:
- Minimising environmental pollution;
- Reducing the use of crop protection agents;
- More effective use of natural resources;
- A responsible approach to the heath, welfare and safety of the personnel;
- Preserving and improving flora and fauna in the area.
This is partly achieved by recording the fertilisers and crop protection agents used. The products’ source and method of production can be traced more quickly using these records. In September 2007 the name EurepGAP was changed to GLOBALGAP. This decision was made to disseminate the ever growing international role of ‘Good Agricultural Practices’ between retailers and their suppliers. However, the name EurepGAP is still widely used around the globe.
Fortuna Frutos and its suppliers and producers are at least certified for GlobalGAP and also for BRC (British Retail Consortium). These certifications cover the entire chain, from the producers/growers to shipping partners (Opticool) and partners in the port of Rotterdam. Producers and partners also hold other certifications in specific areas.
Fortuna Frutos is affiliated to Foodcompass.