GlobalGAP: certification for Good Agricultural Practices
This globally recognised standard was created by distributors to guarantee the safety of products.
The objectives of GlobalGAP are:
- To reduce food safety risks
- Objective verification of Good Agricultural Practices
ISO 9001: Quality management system
This standard sets the requirements which will produce a quality management system.
The objective of ISO 9001 is to prove the ability to supply a product which conforms to the demands of clients and to the regulatory framework.
This certification integrates traceability, food safety, customer focus, checks etc.
IFS = International Food Standard
The International Food Standard guarantees food safety and the quality of food produced by the food processing sector.
It is based on the ISO 9001 quality management system, to which it adds the principles for good production management (cleaning and disinfection, pest control, maintenance, support and training) and the principles of HACCP.
Nurture is the quality standard developed by Tesco, the large UK retailer, to ensure production which is healthy and responsible.
It supports Good Agricultural Practices and respect for the environment.
Organic agriculture (agriculture biologique in French) is one of the four official labels in France which identify the quality and origin of products.
Organic agriculture is a specific way of farming, subject to European regulation and following a number of important rules:
- The use of growing methods which preserve a natural balance
- Improved soil fertility through crop rotation and the use of natural organic matter
- Manual or mechanical weeding and the use of natural controls against pests
- The use of synthetic chemical products is not allowed
Organic produce is certified by an external independent organisation. Consumers can recognise it through the AB or European logos for organic products.