GLOBALG.A.P. Certification – fish, crustaceans and molluscs under special supervision

GLOBALG.A.P. certification – fish, crustaceans and molluscs under special supervision


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In recent years, the importance of the GlobalG.A.P. certification on the Polish market has noticeably increased. Although it is most often used in the agricultural and livestock industries, it is also sometimes used in the aquaculture industry. An increasingly large number of environmentally conscious consumers check whether the packaging of the fish, shellfish or molluscs that they are about to purchase is marked with the GGN emblem. This includes consumers in Poland as well.

GlobalG.A.P. is the only standard in the broadly understood fish and seafood industry that covers the four pillars of the United Nations Technical Food and Agriculture Guidelines (FAO) for the certification of aquaculture. These four pillars, which provide a holistic approach to the aquaculture industry, include:

  • food safety
  • animal health and welfare
  • ensuring environmental integrity
  • socio-economic aspects

In addition, the GlobalG.A.P. system is distinguished from other aquaculture certification standards due to the fact that it covers the largest volume and range of fish, shellfish and molluscs. It is also the only standard in the industry that applies at all stages of the animals’ lives and throughout the entire production system.

The GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard brings to the market a complete solution for buyers and suppliers, based on current market demands, covering the key sustainability aspects that animal production for human consumption is required to achieve. GLOBALG.A.P. is the only aquaculture standard recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative for covering food safety and the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) for its environmental, governmental and operational criteria. The GLOBALG.A.P. Aquaculture Standard can be applied to all farmed species of finfish, crustaceans and molluscs.

The GGN Consumer Label allows brand-owners and retailers to show their commitment to responsible sourcing. In addition, the GGN Consumer Label provides a unique opportunity to connect the consumer and producer via the GLOBALG.A.P. Number (GGN). On the GGN Consumer Portal, consumers can find the farm where the product was sourced. This unique link between consumer and producer provides much-needed transparency and builds trust, which binds consumers to your brand”, says Remko Oosterveld, GGN Label Aquaculture Commercial Manager”

GlobalG.A.P. has been established as an independent and voluntary international system, the role of which is to ensure food safety in primary agricultural production. GlobalG.A.P.-certified manufacturers and suppliers have the right to use a GGN (an abbreviation of Global GAP Number), which makes it possible to identify all livestock farms, producers, processors and suppliers. It is a unique identification number given to an individual producer or producer group (with a different number for each member) and it is used in all activities related to the GLOBALG.A.P. program. The GGN symbol confirms that the producers apply GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) principles and guarantee food safety and high quality throughout the entire production and supply chain. Currently, GGN operates on the basis of the fifth iteration of the GlobalG.A.P. IFA standard, which has become the global standard for good agricultural and production practices. The fifth iteration of this standard has also brought changes regarding aquaculture, including the expansion of the list of fish and seafood species subject to certification.

“As a company that has been involved in auditing and certification processes in the broadly understood agri-food industry for a long time, we are very pleased that owners of standards such as GlobalG.A.P. are still improving upon them consistently. We are also happy to see that apart from food safety requirements and the responsible use of plant protection products and fertilisers, they also take into account matters related to protecting natural resources, mitigating climate change and providing a safe and friendly work environment. Maintaining proper supervision throughout the supply chain and, increasingly frequently, adequate labelling of food products allows consumers to make more informed decisions. Thanks to this, the pace at which these negative changes that we are witnessing are progressing can be reduced.” says Witold Dżugan, Certification Manager at Bureau Veritas Poland.