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Recent incidents related to food and feed safety have demonstrated that weak controls in the supply chain can dramatically affect our day-to-day lives and turn the fortunes of successful companies, even whole regions, upside down.

Consumers and governments are pushing for safer food and feed management systems throughout the whole supply chain. What’s more, consumers want proof of your safety up-front, in addition to being assured that your company will continue to meet their needs, now and in the long term. That’s a challenge, but also an opportunity from which companies can benefit.

Implementing the GlobalGAP standard with assessment and audits from SGS opens doors to wider markets and demonstrates to your customers and end consumers your commitment to the safety and sustainability of your produce.

Ensuring compliance of production at the primary level requires expert knowledge and thorough understanding of agricultural practices. SGS has this technical expertise, and our primary production related services were designed to secure the sustainable production necessary for our clients to gain a competitive edge.

GlobalGAP exists as an equal partnership between agricultural producers and retailers to establish widely accepted certification standards and procedures for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Members consist of farmers, ranchers, product marketing organizations (PMO), grower’s cooperatives, food manufacturers and retailers. Compliance with GlobalGAP standards ensures that food products are safe and farmed or raised in a sustainable manner, minimizing detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to worker health and safety, as well as animal welfare.

Whether you are an independent farmer or part of a group with a management structure, SGS can assess and certify your business systems and processes against the GlobalGAP standard. In North America, SGS is accredited to certify companies to the GlobalGAP Fruit and Vegetables standards.

Achieving GlobalGAP certification delivers many advantages including:

  • Enhanced food safety management systems on your farm
  • Demonstrable commitment to producing and trading safe food
  • Acceptance into the GlobalGAP community
  • Increased consumer and customer confidence in your product safety and quality

The GlobalGAP standard is a partnership between agricultural producers and retailers to establish a set of widely accepted certification standards and procedures for good agricultural practices (GAP). Its scope currently covers fresh fruit and vegetables, propagation material, integrated farm assurance (livestock, dairy, pigs, poultry, combinable crops and grains), flowers and ornamentals, tea, coffee and aquaculture.

To access new markets and demonstrate your commitment to food safety and sustainability contact our food safety experts to assess your organization for GlobalGAP certification.

Nichole Berkenhoff
Office Manager
SGS Audit Services
236 32nd Ave Brookings,SD 57006
t:605-692-7611 Ext: 260

The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 67,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,250 offices and laboratories around the world.