GLOBALGAP-EUREPGAP is an organization that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products. Large retail establishments in European Union countries have determined the minimum standards sought for agricultural products grown in these countries and imported from abroad in order to ensure the consumption of healthy agricultural products.
The purpose of these standards is to ensure that agricultural products are presented to the final consumer in accordance with human health and safety. A product with EUREPGAP certificate; In the agricultural production process from the sowing of the seed to the packaged product,
– It does not contain chemical, microbiological, physical residues harmful to human health,
– It is produced without polluting the environment or harming the natural balance,
– The welfare of people or other living things related to production is not adversely affected
during production, – The agricultural legislation of the country where the consumer is located during production and the agricultural legislation of the country where the product is grown ensure that appropriate actions are taken.
Currently, the GLOBALGAP-EUREPGAP standard is applied for fresh fruit and vegetables, cut flowers and saplings. However, any agricultural product for human consumption can be certified according to these standards. The scopes of GLOBALGAP (EUREPGAP) which are valid all over the world and whose general rules have been published are as follows;
– Production Material (Seedlings, Seeds)
– Fruits & Vegetables
– Flowers and Ornamental Plants
– Integrated Farm Safety (Cattle and Ovine Farms, Grain, Tea, Feed etc.)
– Integrated Aquatic Cultures (Trout, Sea Bass Farms etc.)
– Green (Raw) Coffee
HOW TO GET THE GLOBALGAP-EUREPGAP CERTIFICATE?
Producers who can apply according to the EUREPGAP Protocol can be grouped into three groups:
1) Individual Manufacturers (Option 1):
The individual producer applies for the EUREPGAP certificate. The registered production area and related product processing areas are inspected once a year by the certification body.
2) Agricultural Products Producer Associations (Option 2 )
More than one producer can gather under the roof of producer associations, institutionalize with a certain internal regulation and apply for EUREPGAP certificate as a single institution. The group establishes a quality system within itself. The certification body audits this system once a year, with a random selection as the square root of the number of producers.
An individual producer or producer group applies for an equivalent EUREPGAP certificate. However, this option is not implemented in our country because a standard equivalent to EUREPGAP has not been developed yet.
The EUREPGAP certificate is given to the product/products that the producer, which is determined to produce in accordance with the EUREPGAP conditions as a result of the audits carried out by the certification body, applied to the certification body.
There are 49 major and 99 minor control points in the EUREPGAP standard. The individual producer or producer group must comply with major control points 100 and minor control points 95 to pass the inspection successfully.
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