Are your vegetables GAP certified?
New Zealand GAP ensures safe and responsible production
of fruit and vegetables in New Zealand
New Zealand GAP (currently in its 18th year) is a trustworthy and widely accepted wholesaler/retailer brand for certified produce in both domestic and export markets.
What does New Zealand GAP mean?
NZ GAP stands for New Zealand Good Agricultural Practices. People are increasingly concerned about the origin and safety of their food. They also expect responsible and sustainable farming practices. New Zealand GAP certifies producers that can demonstrate their commitment and ability to meet these expectations. Certified producers are audited by independent certification bodies.
GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) describes responsible farming practices inside the farm gate. It is the starting point in the supply chain for certified safe and sustainable fresh produce.
New Zealand GAP covers:
- Food safety – helping to eliminate harmful pathogens, physical contamination and pesticide residues in produce.
- Environment – promoting sustainable farming practises.
- Social Practice – protecting the safety and welfare of workers.
- Traceability – tracking produce back to the farm easily and accurately.
Buying New Zealand GAP certified produce:
- GAP certified produce is freely available in New Zealand and costs no more than certified produce.
- Customers can have confidence that they are buying from the best producers.
- Retailers can be sure they are meeting their customers’ expectations.
- New Zealand GAP is a voluntary system, open to all New Zealand growers.
- The low cost of certification enables even the smallest producers to participate.
New Zealand GAP has been successfully benchmarked against international quality assurance programmes, and approved by the New Zealand Food Safety Authority.
For more information visit www.nzgap.org.nz