How to Interpret GlobalG.A.P in Guatemala

A new National Interpretation Guide has been created which includes a specific chapter on fruits and vegetables adapted to the country.

Friday, February 28, 2014

GLOBALG.A.P started in 1997 as EUREPGAP, an initiative of the retail sector grouped under EUREP (Euro-Retailer Produce Working Group).
The UK retail sector together with supermarkets in continental Europe began to become aware of growing concerns about food safety, environmental impact and the health, safety and welfare of workers and animals. Its solution was to harmonize their rules and procedures and develop a system of independent certification for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).

Guatemala is one of the 42 technical working groups that exist in the world and will have the opportunity to propose rules of interpretation to suit the national situation.

From a statement issued by the Guatemalan Exporters Association (Agexport):

In order to identify situations and cases of the application of GlobalG.A.P guidelines locally, the National Technical Working Group, NTWG, with the support and participation of the Committee of Peas and Vegetables at AGEXPORT and AGREQUIMA participated in the development National Interpretation Guidelines for Guatemala in the specific chapter on fruits and vegetables of Global GAP, to suit the particular conditions of the country.

The guide came into effect on January 8, 2014, and seeks to simplify the points and compliance criteria to facilitate certification in the country.

Guatemala is one of the 42 technical working groups that exist in the world, with this instrument, the country has the opportunity to propose rules of interpretation to suit the national situation.



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