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GLOBALG.A.P. Celebrates World Food Safety Day 2023

13/ 06/ 2023

Cologne, Germany (07/06/2023) – GLOBALG.A.P. celebrates the fifthWorld Food Safety Day, a call to action by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). World Food Safety Day highlights several areas of food safety including foodborne risks, food security, health, economic prosperity, sustainable development, and agriculture.

This year’s campaign – Food standards save lives – specifically draws attention to the significance of food standards in ensuring food safety and quality. The WHO and FAO have underscored the fact that food safety benefits not only consumers but also producers and global economies by boosting consumer confidence in products on the market. Playing a key role in the food safety sector, GLOBALG.A.P. offers industry-leading, cost-effective, and value-adding assurance and benchmarking solutions which have been continuously developed through extensive collaboration with stakeholders across the value chain over the last 25 years.The flagship Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard takes a holistic approach to the responsible farming of crops and aquaculture with food safety at the heart of the standard requirements. In fact, 22% of the requirements in IFA v6 for fruit and vegetables (Smart edition), the most recent version of the standard, are solely dedicated to food safety.

With global warming becoming an increasingly serious environmental concern, the FAO reports that rising temperatures can increase food- and waterborne diseases, spread fungal infections in plants, drive plant pests into new areas (potentially leading to pesticide overuse),and increase the spread of harmful algae thereby affecting seafood safety.

IFA helps fight these effects by promoting the protection of food and water sources and the monitoring of products to prevent pests and diseases. The new requirement for continuous improvement plan under IFA v6 also encourages measurable target setting to strengthen environmental sustainability on farms.

The GLOBALG.A.P. Chain of Custody standard also contributes to food safety by mitigating the risk of food fraud and providing supply chain transparency through strict requirements for the proper segregation, handling, and tracing of food products, from farms to retailers.

The GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat recognizes that threats to food safety and security are experienced unequally across the globe. Women and children, marginalized communities, and those in war-torn areas are exposed to higher risks of falling ill to foodborne diseases, for example. The GLOBALG.A.P. Secretariat pursues unique efforts towards food safety and security in these circumstances, particularly across the Global South and in Eastern Europe, through capacity-building projects and the innovation of increasingly smart farm assurance solutions.



GLOBALG.A.P. is a brand of smart farm assurance solutions developed by FoodPLUS GmbH in Cologne, Germany, with cooperation from producers, retailers, and other stakeholders from across the food industry. These solutions include a range of standards for safe, socially and environmentally responsible farming practices. The most widely used GLOBALG.A.P. standard is IFA, which also forms the basis of the GGN label– a consumer label for certified, responsible farming and transparency.

The GLOBALG.A.P. brand began its journey as EUREPGAP in 1997. More than twenty-five years later, over 200,000 producers have GLOBALG.A.P. certification in 134 countries. Nearly 150 team members around the world are dedicated to the mission of spreading responsible farming practices to ensure safe food for future generations.



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