The Global GAP standard ensure food safety from farm to fork is what both the human community is looking forward to. Cultivating agriculture production is the first link of the food supply chain, thus ensuring the safety of agricultural productions and food very significant decision for the safety of the food on the table.
Global GAP is a set of standards designed to apply voluntarily for agriculture production (crop, livestock and fisheries) worldwide. Legal representative of Global GAP Secretariat is a non-profit organization called Food PLUS GmbH based in Germany.
Global GAP standards developed by an equal association of manufacturers, retailers, service organization, suppliers of agricultural products, certification organizations, consulting companies, manufacture of fertilizers and crop protection products, university and their association. These members join Global GAP from different objectives but are Global GAP general purpose.
Global GAP Association provides standard and framework for independent third-party certification for the production process at the farm crops, livestock, and fisheries and only admits the accredited certification bodies force in ISO / IEC Guide 65 or EN 45011. So far, Global GAP with participation of more than 100 certification organizations from 80 different countries. The ultimate goal of Global GAP is a sustainable agriculture development on the member states.
Requirement of the Global GAP standard
Global GAP standard released the first version in 2000, every three years, applying Global GAP standard are reviewed and revised (if necessary), 4th edition will be published in 2011. The current version was issued in March / 2007, written in 22 languages including English, updated free. To be able to apply to farm with different products (crop, livestock, and fisheries) with different production characteristics, the standard is designed into three types of documents including :
The Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCCs) are also modular-based consisting of :
So to get certified, producers must comply with all the CPCCs relevant for their sub-scope. For example, a strawberry grower must comply with the All Farm Base CPCCs, the Crops Standard CPCCs and the Fruit & Vegetables CPCCs to receive a GLOBALG.A.P. Fruit & Vegetables Standard Certificate.
Global G.A.P. Certification covers :-