Our producing partners all operate according to several quality systems. These quality systems are the result of customer requirements, international and national food safety legislations, and voluntarily implemented quality standards. For further details about the specific quality systems used by our producing partners, see producing Partners. Most of the relevant Quality systems are listed below.
Association of the Industry of Juices and Nectars from Fruits and Vegetables of the EU (AIJN)
A.I.J.N. is the representative European trade association for the fruit industry in the European Union. The overall aim of A.I.J.N. is to represent, promote and protect the professional and corporate interests of the EU fruit-juice industry. One of the main activities of A.I.J.N. is the development of instruments such as the reference guidelines, codes of practice, position papers, etc. for the benefit of the whole fruit-juice industry. These instruments complement the fruit-juice legislation.
The A.I.J.N. Code of Practice for the Evaluation of Fruit and Vegetable Juice, is accepted and used by the National Fruit Juice Associations within the EU, by national food inspections as well as by fruit processors and traders all around the world. It is also acknowledged by the EU Commission.
Furthermore the acceptance of the Code of Practice is a mandatory requirement for all participants in the European industrial self-control organisation (EQCS) and also for the members of the International Raw Material Assurance Organisation (SGF/IRMA). (For more information, visit www.aijn.org)
American Institute of Baking (AIB)
The American Institute of Baking is a not-for-profit corporation, founded by the North American wholesale and retail baking industries in 1919 as a technology transfer center for bakers and food processors. The AIB trains, audits, and advises wholesale, retail, and traditional bakers of breads, sweets, and speciality products. (For more information, visit www.aibonline.org)
BRC Global Standards
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is the lead trade association representing the whole range of UK retailers.
The BRC Global Standards are relevant for all food stuff companies producing private brand products as well as for food industry organizations selling to Great Britain and being urged by British food chains to provide evidence of fulfilling their requirements regarding product safety, quality and legality. (For more information, visit www.brc.org.uk)
The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by FAO and WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. The main purposes of this Programme are protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organisations. (For more information, visit www.codexalimentarius.net)
EUREP, ‘Euro Retailer Produce Working Group’, is a platform of leading retailers in Europe active in the retail business of the agricultural food industry. GAP stands for ‘Good Agricultural Practice’, a minimum production standard for a good agricultural practice of horticultural products (e.g. fruits, vegetables, potatoes, salads, cut flowers, and nursery stock). (For more information, visit www.eurepgap.org)
European Quality Control System (EQCS)
EQCS is a concept of industrial self-control developed under the umbrella of AIJN for the members of the Association of the EU Fruit-juice Industry. SGF/IRMA also offers its services to the EQCS. (For more information, visit www.eqcs.org)
US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA)
The FDA ensures that food is safe and wholesome, that cosmetics will not harm anyone, and that medicines, medical devices, and radiation-emitting consumer products, such as microwave ovens, are safe and effective. (For more information, visit http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov)
Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
HACCP is an internationally recognised means of assuring food safety from harvest to consumption. Recognised by “Codex Alimentarius* ” and other leading food safety agencies, HACCP has become the market standard for food safety worldwide. Food manufacturers and private label retailers are insisting that their suppliers and co-packers implement HACCP in their own facilities. (For more information, visit http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~lrd/haccp.html)
International Federation of Fruit-juice Producers (IFU)
IFU was created in 1949 by the main fruit-juice producers’ organisations of the European countries and Switzerland. It has now a worldwide membership with 73 members from 34 different countries. IFU objectives are:
- To represent the worldwide fruit-juice interests as an NGO beside the governmental and intergovernmental organisations.
- To act as an information and communication centre/facilitator
- To harmonise standards and practices for juice products and producers.
- To co-ordinate scientific activities to benefit the fruit-juice industry.
(For more information, visit www.ifu-fruitjuice.com)
International Food Standard (IFS)
The International Food Standard (IFS) was established by the German retail industry to provide a basis for auditing producers of retail branded food products. The IFS was officially released by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) in January 2003. The French Federation of Trade Associations FCD will be accociated partner of the International Food Standard.
The International Food Standard is relevant for food companies that produce and supply/provide brand products and food companies that are being audited by food chains-authorized representatives to demonstrate that they meet their requirements concerning food safety. (For more information, visit the website of the International Food Standard)
International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO)
ISO is a non-governmental organisation and the world’s largest developer of standards. ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 147 countries, on the basis of one member per country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system. ISO 9000 is concerned with “quality management”. This indicates the actions taken by the organisation to increase customer satisfaction by meeting customer and applicable regulatory requirements and to continually improve its performance in this regard. ISO 14000 is primarily concerned with “environmental management”. This includes the positive actions taken by an organisation to minimise harmful effects on the environment caused by its operations, and to continually improve its environmental performance. (For more information, visit www.iso.org)
Schutzgemeinschaft der Fruchtsaft-Industrie / International Raw Material Assurance (SGF/IRMA)
SGF’s activities are aimed at local and European markets for fruit juices and fruit containing beverages as well as at today’s worldwide market for raw materials. SGF on behalf of its members fights for safeguarding the compliance with legal and industrial quality and safety standards for all fruit containing beverages and for a safe and fair market. (For more information, visit www.sgf.org)