The rapidly growing world population, sustainability concerns, globalisation, changing dietary habits and nutritional needs, new agricultural techniques and increasing diversity of agricultural products in preparation for consumption, has brought some problems in food supply.
In recent years consumers have started becoming more aware of the products they consumer. They have started preferring food products that are considered safe and produced in a sustainable manner. Consumers and the food industry at large have started realising that food Safety incidents can sometime have a devastating impact on all stakeholders involved. The world’s population grows daily and the increasing demand for food creates both new opportunities and challenges to Food Safety. Retailers have come together to guarantee that the products they offer to customers are safe and are manufactured based on sustainability. (Good Agricultural Practices). EUREPGAP (also called GLOBALG.A.P.), which was launched in 1997 as a non-profit initiative of the EUREP-Euro-Retailer Produce Working Group (EUREPGAP), was launched by the EUREPGAP Technical and Standards Committee in 1997.
GLOBALG.A.P., which is a GFSI recognised scheme is a prerequisite for the export of fresh fruits and vegetables to European Union countries. GLOBALG.A.P. is a product monitoring guarantee provided to the consumers of European Union (EU) retailers. The consumer requires commitment to ensure that any food received from the shelf is not a safety risk for food hygiene and is produced through environmentally friendly practices. The manufacturer and / or exporter that wants to export to the EU must prove to the consumer that the product has fulfilled these commitments through the retailer. As a result, the concept of GLOBALG.A.P. Certificate, which shows that the relevant commitments have been met and given by the third-party independent organizations, has emerged. GLOBALG.A.P. The document acts as a passport for the manufacturer and / or exporter to deliver the product to the EU market. GLOBALG.A.P. also looks into how people involved in food production are treated . It encourages humane treatment of farm workers and ensures that their health and safety is not compromised during the production of food.
Due to this understanding that has begun to settle rapidly in Europe, some large retailers have started to demand GLOBALG.A.P. certified products from the manufacturers or suppliers as proof of the reliability of the products they offer to their customers.
GLOBALG.A.P. standards are the standards that define the minimum safety requirements that the consumer demands. Consumers buy food that is;
- Free from food safety hazards
- Promotes sustainable farming
- Produced in accordance with legal and statutory requirements
- Produced in a way that ensures people involved in food production are well treated.