High-quality, organic, sustainable and environmentally friendly food production has put Denmark on the World map as the organic front runner for several years. And our growers live up to the highest global, European and Nordic quality standards for organic food production − ensuring a quality product every time.
High quality without compromise
GLOBALG.A.P. is a trademark and a set of standards for good agricultural practices (G.A.P.).
We are a global organization with a crucial objective: safe, sustainable agriculture worldwide. We set voluntary standards for the certification of agricultural products around the globe – and more and more producers, suppliers, and buyers are harmonizing their certification standards to match our Company’s Purpose.
Our company’s purpose
Every generation has a right to safe food, and we support farmers to connect them to markets where they can sell their safely and sustainably produced agricultural products by developing and implementing farm assurance systems that are based on facts and recognized across the supply chain.
Good Agricultural Practice is not just about products; it’s also about people.
That’s why our members developed GRASP, a GLOBALG.A.P.+ Add-on product.
GRASP stands for GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice, and is a voluntary ready-to-use module developed to assess social practices on the farm, addressing specific aspects of workers’ health, safety and welfare.
Designed to complement GLOBALG.A.P. Certification towards social aspects, GRASP measures can be assessed together with the GLOBALG.A.P. audit. A GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Body (CB) approved for GRASP conducts the GRASP assessment of your production facilities. The assessment results are then uploaded to the GLOBALG.A.P. Database, showing your level of compliance, and are then visible to industry supply chain partners and buyers who have been granted access.
The GRASP assessment is valid for one year and assessments are conducted annually.
GRASP helps producers establish a good social management system on their farms. It offers buyers added assurance. And it helps protect one of the farm’s most important resources: its people.
The organic logo can only be used on products that have been certified as organic by an authorised control agency or body. This means that they have fulfilled strict conditions on how they must be produced, processed, transported and stored. The logo can only be used on products when they contain at least 95% of organic ingredients and additionally respect further strict conditions for the remaining 5%. The same ingredient cannot be present in organic and non organic form.
Danish Organic Certification
Before a farmer is allowed to name and sell his products as organic, he needs to seek for a permission at the relevant authority. This includes that the farmer has to manage his fields organically for two years. During these two years, the field has to meet the strict organic standards – but the harvest is not yet allowed to be sold as such. It is only after the successful compliance of the formalities within this 2-years-period that a product is truly organic
At least once a year, organic producers are controlled by a regionally responsible food authority or by the Agrifish Agency. Also nascent organic farmers who are in the 2-years transition period are controlled.
State control is also about the process and storage of organic products. In this way, organic farms must ensure that organic products are not coming into contact with non-organic goods. If a farmer disregards this regulation, he can be fined or even loose his entitlement for the distribution of organic products.
IFS Food is a standard for the auditing of companies that process food or companies that pack loose food products. IFS Food is only applied where the product is “processed or handled”, or if there is a danger of product contamination during the primary packaging.
IFS Food is applied to:
- processing and working and/or
- handling of loose products and/or
- activities undertaken during the primary packaging.
KRAV is a key player in the organic market in Sweden since 1985.
We develop organic standards and promote the KRAV-label.
The KRAV-label is well-known among Swedish consumers. The aided awareness is 98 percent!
The KRAV-label stands for:
- Sound, natural environment
- Solid care for animals
- Good health
- Social responsibility
- KRAV standards are adapted to the IFOAM Standards and included in IFOAM Family of Standards. KRAV standards also fulfil the EU regulation for organic production (EC) No 834/2007. In some cases KRAV standards are stricter than the EU standards. KRAV standards encompass a wider variety of enterprises, such as certification of restaurants and fisheries.
- KRAV’s work to improve standards is an ongoing process and changes are published once a year on the KRAV website.
- The KRAV standard for Textile Raw Materials is cancelled as of 1 January 2015. For organic certification of textiles we recommend instead the international certification Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).