Strong Support From Latin America at GLOBALGAP TOUR 2009 Event in Montevideo
COLOGNE, Germany, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ — More than 150 participants joined in the second stop on the GLOBALGAP TOUR 2009 in Montevideo last week. The TOUR 2009 will visit five continents between now and November as part of its outreach and consultation to key stakeholders in the run-up to its new version of guidelines, to be published in 2011.
Leaders from the livestock, produce and floral commodity sectors in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and U.S. participated in meetings on how to implement GLOBALGAP in their regions.
Jorge Hernandez, Senior Vice President, Food Safety and Quality Assurance, U.S. Foodservice, Inc., and GLOBALGAP Board Member, explained the growing demand in the U.S. for mandatory and voluntary third-party certification programs, based on product risk, to verify compliance with U.S. safety standards. Hernandez also led the effort to implement GLOBALGAP standards into U.S. Foodservice requirements for national and foreign producers. Ing. Sergio Jose Riera, QA South Latin America Divisional Manager and Arcos Dorados SA, McDonald’s Latin America, confirmed that they accept GLOBALGAP as it fits into the key components of McDonald’s Quality Systems and leverages the best global practices in agriculture and harmonizes the standards.
Within this event’s special focus on GLOBALGAP livestock production, Filipe D’Albora, INAC, presented the successful implementation of a fully integrated farm-to-fork traceability system by the National Meat Institute Uruguay, INAC. As a major milestone he highlighted the first meat box label to carry the GLOBALGAP System number GGN. This number links directly to the online certificate validation tool of the GLOBALGAP database, where the first certified producer to the benchmarked Certified Natural Meat Program is listed.
At the event Kristian Moeller, GLOBALGAP Secretary, received the application of the national interpretation guidelines for fresh produce in Guatemala, submitted by the Director of Fundacion AGIL, Jorge Mendez, and Edgard Roberto Mota. Fundacion AGIL hosts the newly established GLOBALGAP National Technical Work Group in Guatemala.
In his concluding remarks Moeller said: “The comprehensive input and feedback received during the roundtable discussions were extremely valuable and demonstrated the commitment of producers and other GLOBALGAP stakeholders in Latin America to the consultation process.” And Fernando Mietto, responsible within GLOBALGAP for the organization of the event in Montevideo, added that he was impressed with the support he has received from all attending organizations. He promised that the region will continue to play a leading role within the GLOBALGAP community.
The next stops on the GLOBALGAP TOUR 2009 are Kuala Lumpur on October 14-15, Washington on October 29 and then Athens on November 10-11.
The feedback from the TOUR 2009 discussions is published in an online discussion forum (http://forum.globalgap.org). For more information on how to join in the events visit www.tour2009.org.
GLOBALGAP is a private sector body that sets voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe. The GLOBALGAP standard is primarily designed to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by 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.
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