GlobalGap (global partnership for safe and sustainable agriculture) is an international commercial standard which encompasses the production of primary agricultural products as well as operations after the harvest. The standard is imagined as a guarantee for retail businesses and the eventual buyers that all necessary measures have been taken to ensure that the product is safe for the consumer. GlobalGap’s aims are the production of hygienically safe and high-quality food as well as the protection and sustainability of the environment. These aims are achieved by following the principles of Good Agricultural Practice.
These standards are not regulated by law in any of the countries; it is voluntary and necessary for manufacturers that want to sell their products in retail. GlobalGap standard is currently required in the larger part of the European and international retail network.
HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) is a collection of preventive principles and regulations which ensure that the agricultural products reaching the end consumers are protected and safe for the health.
HACCP is a tool that helps food manufacturers to identify, evaluate and control the hazards and risks that can be connected to a certain product or a whole production line.