GLOBALG.A.P. launches poultry certification in South Africa
GLOBALG.A.P. launched the Poultry Module of the Integrated Farm Assurance Standard for Livestock in South Africa this July.
Dr Roland Aumüller, GLOBALG.A.P. technical manager for Livestock Standards presented a comprehensive 3-day workshop to explain the control points and compliance criteria that poultry farmers must comply with at individual farm level in order to achieve certification.
Initiated and organised by the producer Chubby Chick and hosted by Fouries Poultry Farms, the workshop was attended by several leading broiler, breeding stock and egg producers, veterinarians, and auditors as well as representatives of national retailers Woolworths and Pick n Pay.
Delegates from NSF Certification, a leading provider of independent assurance and certification services to the agriculture, produce and processing industries and a GLOBALG.A.P. approved certification body, also took part in the workshop. NSF Certification representatives gave an overview of livestock certification in other parts of the world and explained the audit process and the steps to gain certification.
Wouter Conradie, MD of NSF in South Africa explained that to compete effectively, poultry producers and suppliers to the major retailers have to deal with an increasing range of issues. "Retailers seek partners who can consistently deliver quality and value at the same time as providing assurance on a growing range of consumer and stakeholder issues. Now more than ever, poultry producers need to understand and manage an increasingly complex range of issues, including food safety, animal welfare, social compliance and sustainability which emerge across large and disparate supply chains," he added.
The GLOBALG.A.P. Poultry Standard is a catalogue of 139 control points covering a very broad range of hygiene, efficiency and animal welfare requirements plus consideration for the social welfare, training and competence of workers.
Only GLOBALG.A.P. approved certification bodies will be able to verify whether farms comply with the standard and issue certification.
G.A.P. stands for Good Agricultural Practice – and GLOBALG.A.P. is the worldwide standard that assures it.
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